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Are you interested in reducing your child’s Anxiety?
Strategies for Kids with Anxiety
By Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA
Wellesley Middle School Library
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four thirteen-eighteen year olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial and using preventive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior plans and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses.
Easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring will be discussed.
Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board certified behavior analyst, special educator and a consultant to schools nationwide (www.jessicaminahan.com). Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. She is a blogger on The Huffington Post, as well as the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).
Sponsored by Wellesley Public Schools Office of Student Services and Wellesley PAC
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WHAT'S COMING UP THIS YEAR
Speaker: Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA 7-9pm, WMS LibraryJessica will speak about mental health and its impact on vulnerable students
Speaker: Dr. Susan Swick, M.D., 7-9pm, WMS LibraryDr. Swick, Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, will discuss mental health supports and the rise in school refusal.
Basic Rights Workshop II, at Preschool at Wellesley Schools, 9:15-11 am
Lori Cimeno and Tere Ramos, will discuss special education laws and their application to IEP's
ACCEPT Collaboration Workshop, 6-8:30pm, WHS
"Talking with you kids about sexuality: a workshop for parents and caregivers of students with developmental disabilities"
Speaker: Allen Blume, 7-9pm WMS Library
Allan will talk about the IEP process, including determining how to write effective goals and benchmarks.
To learn about more events around MA...go to SPED Child & Teen, Disability Camps, Workshops & Events in Greater Massachusetts
Missed our last WellesleyPAC presentation?Dr. Ruth Potee addressed teen brain development and substance abuse on Oct 13, 2016. Presentation download COMING SOON!