Top 5 Tips For Teaching An Anxious Child

We’ve all seen it. The child that sits there and doesn’t do any of their school work even though you know they can do it. Or maybe, they get up and run around the classroom, or even go to the bathroom frequently to avoid work. Perhaps you have ended up in a power struggle with these children, or even (gasp) taken away recess!

 

If you have been around here for any length of time, you know that some of these behaviors can actually be related to anxiety. It is most likely not a child who is trying to be difficult, but rather a child that is struggling with something inside. So today I am going to share my top 5 tips for helping an anxious child in the classroom. These strategies are also effective for resistant learners, or those who seem to have low motivation.

 

  1. Get moving.

    Don’t EVER take away recess from an anxious child (or any child for that matter). If anything give them MORE movement. Movement helps to regulate the nervous system. This includes...

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A Quick Tip to Help Anxious Kids

 

In this video, we discuss one easy way we can use our sensorimotor system to help anxious kids. 

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A Billion Breaths-Make Them Count

A person who exercises regularly and lives to be 80 will take a billion breaths in her lifetime.

Stop for a moment; sit down; place your palms on your thighs; take a deep breath in through your nose; hold it; ponder a billion breaths; now exhale slowly through your mouth.

 

How did that feel? Good, right?  Repeat 10 times and feel the tension oozing out of your pores.

 

Breathing is automatic – we’re generally unaware of the roughly 24,000 life-sustaining breaths we take per day. Anxiety disrupts this state, causing breathing to become shallow and breaths more rapid. Breathing with intention, deeper and slower, is one way to quickly reduce anxiety.

 

There are two basic breathing patterns. Chest breathing is the most common and the typical pattern when breaths become fast and shallow due to anxiety. While chest breathing, one takes in less oxygen causing breath rate to increase. In the extreme, shallow chest breathing can cause dizziness and...

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