Teachers can be great allies in keeping your child with anxiety problems safe and successful in school, but you'll need to make sure they have all the knowledge they need to help. Use these suggestions to create a information packet to bring educators up to speed.
Five Things Teachers Need to Know
1. My child struggles with fears that may seem silly or unrealistic. Please appreciate that they are very real and terrifying to her.
2. Predictable routines, clear instructions, and anything else that lessens stress will help my child succeed.
3. New experiences may be scary for my child. Be aware that he may need extra time and specific guidance.
4. My child has significant challenges, but he also has many strengths and gifts. Please use these to help him have experiences of success.
5. Please keep the lines of communication open between our home and the school. My child needs all the adults in her life working together.
Printouts to Share with Teachers
Sample Accommodations for Anxious Kids
Panic Disorder in Children and Teens
Academic Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities (document)
Source: Middle Tennessee State University
Anxiety Disorders (pdf)
Source: Van Dyke, Michigan, Public Schools
Strategies for Classroom Teachers Of Students with Separation Anxiety Disorder (pdf)
Source: Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health