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About 1 out of 3 students between the ages of 13 and 18 will have an anxiety disorder.
Not just anxiety, but an anxiety disorder, which, by definition, means that the anxiety interferes with functioning, including academic functioning. About 8% will have a severe anxiety disorder, which increases the risk for other problems, such as school refusal, social isolation, substance abuse. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, anxiety disorders in children and teens went up 20% between 2007 and 2012.
What does this mean for schools?
Schools are seeing the rise in anxiety, and many districts are putting programs in place to help their students. It is also important to educate the educators on anxiety and support our teachers so they can support their students. How a teacher interacts with a student can have an impact on the student’s confidence, motivation, and academic success. Teachers equipped with psychoeducation about anxiety will help them help their students and feel more empowered as teachers.
Calling all pediatric providers!
Become an Adventure Camp Counselor!
Applications are accepted from educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and other pediatric providers. Learn skills from the training to take back to your place of work to help a child with selective mutism, help others learn, and continue to spread awareness. ISBE and IDFPR credits available.How to Apply
Selective mutism is an inability to speak in specific settings; children with selective mutism are mute in places such as school, extracurricular activities, even at friends' houses or with extended family. Learn more about how you can help a student with selective mutism.