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EdPlace offers thousands of interactive learning resources to help support children with anxiety from year 1 to GCSE. We’re here to help support your child through their learning journey. We understand that finding the type of support your child may need can be daunting. We hope to help demystify some of the common questions to help you and support your child’s education.

In this article, Mandy, our SEND expert, who has worked within schools for 11 years, gives you tips to help support your child’s learning.

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear

If you are concerned that your child is showing symptoms of anxiety you should seek medical advice. Anxiety can be diagnosed by a Psychologist or your GP. A diagnosis is based on your child’s current mood, thoughts and feelings. The practitioner may take a history of your child’s symptoms and may ask questions about past experiences. Stress, anxiety and depression are different things, but they make you feel a similar way.

Anxiety is a worry or fear that something MAY happen in the FUTURE.

Stress is a response to something that HAS happened.

Depression is a consistent low mood and feelings of self-hatred and inadequacy.

Some behaviours and symptoms that a child with anxiety may experience are;

If a child has anxiety they will become over worried and frightened about future events. Anxiety may inhibit the ability to try new things or go to new places for example. The physical symptoms of anxiety and make your child feel quite unwell as the surge in adrenaline pumps through their body causing, sweats, shaking and pain.

Anxiety Superpower

People with anxiety have their own personal attributes and skills on top of emotional superpowers, such as conscientiousness and kindness! Ensuring that people around you are happy and safe is a great attribute to have. Consideration of new experiences gives foresight and opportunities for pre-planning.

Additional support

  • Your GP or doctor may refer you and your child for some counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to talk about any fear/worries and help to make sense of them.
  • Learning about the science around the physical symptoms of anxiety, helps to understand the effects and makes them less scary and more predictable.
  • It is important that you speak to your child’s school if they have been diagnosed or have symptoms of anxiety. Your child’s school may offer some ELSA sessions and some extra emotional support in an inclusion unit if your child should need it.
  • Having open and honest conversations with your child about how they are feeling will help them self-monitor and recognise their symptoms. Using appropriate vocabulary such as ‘frustration’ and ‘apprehension’ will help them differentiate between their emotions and label them properly.

As a child with anxiety gets older they will learn their own coping mechanisms, discover helpful resources and effective techniques. Often you will hear adults say that they used to suffer with anxiety, but the truth is that anxiety doesn’t leave you, you just learn how to read the signs and apply your acquired strategies.

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EdPlace educational resources supports students with anxiety

  • You can create personalised achievement rewards for your child, to ensure that they are meaningful and motivating.
  • Instant visually represented results and progress removes the stress around waiting for outcomes.
  • The differentiated levelling system reduces anxiety around new activities ensuring that they are accessible and achievable.
  • The consistent format and the predictability of the set tasks, also helps to lessen worry of trying new challenges and builds a resilient and confident learner.
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