The following is a list of tips to use in the classroom to accommodate a child with anxiety:
- Some children may participate in therapeutic services. Therefore, it is imperative to talk with parents/guardian about strategies that work (and do not work) at home. Teachers can use and modify those strategies to help in the classroom.
- Also, checking in with parents regularly is important to ensure that accommodations are helping and determine necessary adjustments
Homework & Assignments
- Check that assignments are written down correctly
- Using daily schedules
- Modifying assignments and reducing workloads when possible
- Allowing the child to take unfinished assignments home to complete
In the Classroom
- Preferential seating that is less distracting
- With regard to class participation
- Determine a child’s comfort level with closed ended questions
- Use signals to let the child know his/her turn is coming
- Provide opportunities to share knowledge on topics he/she is most confident
- If possible, only call on the child when he/she raises his/her hand
- Extended time on tests
- Provide word banks, equation sheets, and cues when possible
- Allow for movements breaks throughout the day & relaxation techniques
- Determine a discreet way the child can indicate he/she needs a break, such as a colored card the child places on his/her desk to signal he/she needs a drink of water, to use the restroom, or any other strategy to lessen feelings of anxiety
- Allow the use of a fidget for children who have difficulty paying attention
Please refer to the following websites for additional information about anxiety in children and accommodations that can be used, or modified for use, in the classroom.
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