Helping Children Manage Anxiety at School: A Guide for Parents and Educators in Supporting the Positive Mental Health of Children in Schools
ISBN 10: 057853164X
ISBN 13: 978-0578531649
As the rate of children with anxiety climbs steadily, teachers and parents need ways to help children manage their anxiety while at school. In Helping Children Manage Anxiety at School, author Colleen Wildenhaus uses her experience as a parent and teacher to help parents and teachers understand anxiety, create a classroom environment that supports positive mental health, and offers a guide for creating a plan for the anxious child. How do you help the child who refuses to go to school, sits alone rather than with peers, or defies all requests to complete assignments? While these situations often lead teachers and parents to identify their child’s reactions as misbehavior, the truth is anxiety is often the root cause. Using real-life scenarios, easy to implement strategies, and hands-on exercises, parents and teachers will learn that anxiety is treatable with the right tools, allowing them to provide the necessary guidance and support to children who need it most. Using the information in this book, parents and teachers will have the knowledge to help an anxious child increase their confidence and independence, reestablish peer relationships, improve their emotional well being, and see a rise in their academic abilities. With the purchase of this book, you gain access to over 20 free printable PDFs focused on supporting the anxious child. Backed by years of personal experience and success, Helping Children Manage Anxiety at School gives parents and teachers the strategies and information they need to positively support the mental health of children in the classroom.
"Colleen Wildenhaus delivers a thought-provoking and insightful look into anxiety and how it specifically affects students in the classroom. She makes this topic very relatable and even describes instances that she, as a former teacher, may have overlooked anxiety as the underlying cause of a student's difficulty in a school setting. In an age where mental illness is finally being addressed openly, this book will be a valuable resource for not only teachers, but parents of children with anxiety to guide and help our children reach their potential with a team approach. I hope this book and the tips it provides will be widely used!"- C.S. Parent of a child with school anxiety
"This book is a well written and valuable resource for educators who desire a better understanding of the anxiety their students face. The author has a true understanding of anxiety and provides useful insights into how to help any student dealing with either garden variety anxiety or one who has been diagnosed with a Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The language in this book is easy to understand and provides the reader with exercises and resources to deepen their understanding of how to support someone dealing with anxiety." -Dr. Kathryn Garforth at Garforth Education
About the Author
Colleen Wildenhaus is the mother of a child suffering from severe anxiety and OCD. Her blog Good Bye Anxiety, Hello Joy shares with readers the journey her family takes to enjoy the small moments each day, keeping the beast of anxiety from taking away the joy of life. Colleen became frustrated with medical and self-help books available to parents; while they offered suggestions, many were out of touch with reality. Through her blog, she shares the day to day struggles of parenting a child with anxiety, offering guidance, encouragement, and hope to parents. In addition to being a mother and writer, Colleen is a teacher who holds two Master's Degrees in Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She also holds certification as a child anxiety expert, as well as training as a special education advocate. She draws from her expertise as an educator to coach parents and teachers in ways to make school successful for children with anxiety. Beyond writing, Colleen finds happiness in life's simple joys - her children's laughter, waves crashing on the beach, the wide-eyed excitement when students experience an "ah-ha!" moment, and fresh baked cookies.