Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety and Defiant Behavior in the Classroom

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2020)
Title: Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety and Defiant Behavior in the Classroom
Stream: Education & Difference: Gifted Education, Special Education, Learning Difficulties & Disability
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Authors:
Jessica Minahan, Lesley University, United States

Abstract:

With up to thirty percent of children in the United States struggling with anxiety, it is no surprise that overburdened teachers are overwhelmed as they face this challenge with minimal training in mental health and behavioral principles. Understanding how anxiety impacts a student’s behavior is crucial and using preventative strategies is vital. If school staff learn to analyze how standard practices may unintentionally reinforce the student's negative behavior and shift them slightly into research-based, easy-to-implement strategies than punitive measures or recommendations of a more restrictive setting may be avoided. Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and every day challenging situations, participants will learn interventions for reducing anxiety and negative thinking, while increasing self-regulation and self-monitoring skills in students.