Working With Children With Anxiety
Understand how Anxiety presents itself, the impact on the whole child & strategies that be implemented in the classroom
According to Mental Health Ireland (2019), one in every ten children in Ireland suffers from mental health difficulties, particularly anxiety and depression. Suicide and self-harm rates in Ireland are among the highest in Europe and the numbers are increasing year on year. At the same time, we have longer waiting times for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services so many children and their families have to manage their issues without appropriate intervention. This often leads to mayhem within homes and classrooms where children act out their emotions and interfere with the learning and development of others, leaving parents and teachers feeling ill-equipped to manage the situation. Working with children from the perspective of understanding their experience, no matter where their anxiety stems from, means that teachers, healthcare staff and social care staff can provide a quality of teaching that is unparalleled in terms of contributing to a long-lasting impact. For example, tailoring lesson plans, care plans and intervention frameworks to be more empathetic and responsive to the needs of the child means that they will be more engaged and therefore become more resilient and responsive. This is an intrinsically valuable tool because research shows how community, education and knowledge can be a buffer for anxiety in children and is likely to lead to better outcomes, despite their background. The leadership within healthcare settings and schools must incorporate an empathetic perspective and this has to begin somewhere. After participants engage in this course, they will be equipped with the knowledge of how to work with and appreciate the complexities of children with anxiety, and they can then share this knowledge. This means that their setting can implement this innovative ethos with all staff, thus improving the lives of so many more students. As such, students’ engagement in this course will directly improve their practice in relation to working with children with anxiety.
This course begins as soon as you purchase the course and are ready to begin. You then have as long as you need to complete this course. It is ten hours of audio content, visual content and assessment in total, and there are ten hours of recommended reading and resources for you to further develop your own learning.
The aims of the course are for you to:
- Understand the key psychological components of anxiety
- Be able to identify the different types of anxiety
- Be aware of the symptoms of anxiety in a typical child
- Know the neurobiology of anxiety
- Have a good understanding of how the brain responds to anxiety
- Have an awareness of how the body responds to anxiety
- Appreciate the immediate & long-term effects of anxiety on a child
- Understand the importance of appropriate therapy for the anxious child
- Know how to support children who have anxiety
- Be introduced to effective exercises that can safely and easily be implemented
Lorraine Lynch is CEO and Founder of the Child Psychology Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Studies and English, a Higher Diploma in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Health Psychology. Lorraine is also the author of two books designed to promote children’s wellness - #100happydays4kids and Closing Saor’s Day. She is currently completing her thesis for her Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology.