Diagnosable anxiety disorders are on the rise, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, reporting that an estimated 31.9% of U.S. adolescents aged 13-18 have an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety has many faces. Sometimes anxiety is easy to identify – like feeling nervous before the first day of school. Other times anxiety looks very different – feeling ill, explosive or unsafe behavior, quiet defiance, refusing to go to school – as examples. Often this challenging behavior is misread and misdiagnosed and, as a result, handled ineffectively by teachers, parents and caregivers. The frustration parents face can be overwhelming, and navigating school dynamics with teachers and administrators equally tough.
On April 14, 2018, The Summit School will host a conference, Understanding Anxiety: Supporting Children in the Classroom and Beyond. Conference attendees will learn about the neuroscience of anxiety, what’s happening inside the brain when you feel anxious, panicked or worried and, easy-to-implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring. Conference speakers include William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychologist and Jessica Minahan, a board-certified behavior analyst, special educator and author.
This conference is appropriate for 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 for Speech-Language Pathologists pending.
For more information regarding the conference visit www.thesummitschool.org or contact Jessica Palmeri at , 410-798-0005 x143.
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About the Speakers:
William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist who has been in private practice since 1985. He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center, and he holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington School of Medicine. For the past 20 years, Dr. Stixrud has been extensively involved in the training and supervision of psychologists and learning specialists. He is the author of a recently published book, The Self Driven Child, with Ned Johnson, as well as plan Talk About Early Education and Development.
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 17 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).
About The Summit School: The Summit School was founded to exclusively serve children, grades 1-8, with dyslexia and related learning differences. Now in its 29th year, Summit has an incredible record of helping children become successful learners. The core of Summit’s program incorporates: highly trained teachers, evidence based instruction, hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments and small class sizes. For more information about The Summit School and Summit Resource Center please visit www.thesummitschool.org.