It was not until recently that common troubles like stomach aches and tantrums, were classified as manifestations of anxiety in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 7% of children between the ages of 3-17 have been diagnosed with anxiety. This does not account for children whose anxiety is undiagnosed and still affecting their performance in the classroom. As an educator, if you have noticed increased anxiety in your students, especially in the transition to virtual learning, or are proactively seeking a resource to help you better support future students, use this guide to help you recognize signs of anxiety and how to help students succeed at school.
Be Vigilant: Stay on the Lookout for Signs
Going to school can be a stressor and trigger anxiety in children that do not do well in social settings. Help students learn to recognize the physical and emotional signs they may experience once their anxiety starts to escalate and work together on identifying them and how to ask for help. Some of the common symptoms of generalized anxiety in children include: