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How to Help a Child with Anxiety in the Classroom

Do you work with children who are anxious at school or at home?  Learn how to help a child with anxiety in the classroom with these 10 interventions.  Parents and teachers can be part of the support system for a child who experiences anxiety.

Do you work with children who are anxious at school or at home?  Learn how to help a child with anxiety in the classroom with these 10 interventions.  Parents and teachers can be part of the support system for a child who experiences anxiety.

How to Help a Child with Anxiety in the Classroom – 10 Effective Strategies

Many children experience anxiety in the classroom or at home. When teachers and parents are aware and trained in providing various interventions, you can take a proactive approach to managing anxiety.  Here is 10 suggestions of how to help a child with anxiety in the classroom: 

  1.  Talking/explaining: discuss and explain the situation to the child
  2. Distraction
  3. Visual Schedules – let the child know what is coming next and how many steps there are by using visual schedule boards
  4. Reassurance – offer reinforcement that all will be okay
  5. Physical activities – aerobic exercises, yoga, in class brain breaks and recess
  6. Relaxation Techniques – try deep breathing, self-calming activities, etc.
  7. Quiet time – create an area in the classroom where the child can have quiet time if needed
  8. Cuddling – parents can provide cuddle time at home or children can cuddle a stuffed animal in the quite space area in the classroom.
  9. Have fun – try playing a game or other types of fun activities to reduce anxiety.
  10. Grading anxiety – when children learn how to grade their anxiety it can help with self-regulation and self- management.  Try using a visual to grade anxiety levels.

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Reference:  Gobrial, E., & Raghavan, R. (2017). Calm child programme: Parental programme for anxiety in children and young people with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 1744629517704536.

Visual Supports for Self Regulation and Classroom Participation

Visual Supports: Schedules, Self-Regulation, & Classroom Inclusion

Designed by a school based occupational therapist, Thia Triggs, this color coded visual support system is suitable for your children with autism, emotional behavioral disturbance, intellectual disabilities, ADHD, communication disabilities, and more.  Pictures are cute, engaging, and easy for children to understand.

Visual supports for self-regulation can be pivotal in implementing an IEP in the least restrictive environment. This digital download includes 283 visuals.  FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION.

Do you work with children who are anxious at school or at home?  Learn how to help a child with anxiety in the classroom with these 10 interventions.  Parents and teachers can be part of the support system for a child who experiences anxiety.