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Understanding Anxiety: Supporting Children in the Classroom and Beyond

With up to one in four children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work.

Through case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy-to-implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring.

Join The Summit School as it hosts Understanding Anxiety: Supporting Children in the Classroom and Beyond.



Understanding Anxiety Supporting Children in the Classroom and Beyond – Brochure

Conference will cover:

  • The impact of anxiety on behavior and learning
  • Underdeveloped skills associated with anxiety
  • Why some students seek negative attention
  • 10 questions to ask prior to prescribing a strategy or an intervention
  • Why breaks may not be helpful
  • Dissecting transitions to reduce oppositional behavior
  • Teaching students self-regulation
  • Reducing negative thinking towards writing
  • Shifting reinforcement systems to increase skill development

Conference participants will be able to:

  • List common antecedents for students with anxiety
  • Enumerate strategies to promote initiation, persistence, and help-seeking skills, in students with work avoidance
  • Identify why common teacher practices and interventions may not always work for students with anxiety-related behavior
  • Describe classroom friendly self-monitoring strategies
  • List strategies for reducing negative thinking toward writing

Who Should Attend:

Parents, Educators, Professionals, Pediatricians, Speech-Language Pathologists, Administrators, Counselors, Psychologists—those in the classroom, clinic, home and community who want more information about understanding and supporting anxious children.

*ASHA CEUs pending for Speech-Language Pathologists

About the Speakers:

William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and director of The Stixrud Group, and the author (with Ned Johnson) of the new best-selling book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives.  He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center, and he holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a licensed and board certified behavior analyst and special educator, as well as a consultant to schools internationally. 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).

Conference Rates:

Before March 23, 2018

Non-Student: $95.00 per attendee

Student: $75.00 per attendee

After March 23, 2018

Non-Student $125.00 per attendee

Student $100.00 per attendee

Lunch is included in the conference rate.  Additional fee of $30 for ASHA CEUs.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Presenting Sponsor – $2,500 (maximum 2)

  • Sponsor name and logo incorporated into event branding as “presented by”
  • Recognition in event communications and promotional materials
  • Company logo with link to company website on conference webpage
  • Logo recognition on Summit’s social media platforms
  • Exhibit space in prominent, reserved location
  • 5 complimentary conference registrations, reserved seating

Exhibitor – $750

  • 6 foot exhibitor table with chair
  • 1 complimentary conference registration
  • Recognition on conference webpage

Note: exhibit space is located in the same space as the conference; attendees will have full day exposure to exhibitors.

For more information contact:

Jessica Palmeri, 

P: 410-798-0005 x143

Understanding Anxiety Brochure