‘You may not realise just how many lives you actually change by your training courses so I felt the need to tell you. Since we attended our life has become a lot better, we try as many strategies as possible and this reduces our children’s anxiety’.Parent attendee
It is estimated that one in six children are suffering from an anxiety disorder at any one time. It is a feeling of worry or fear that is experienced as a combination of physical sensations, thoughts and feelings.
Anxiety disorders in children
Anxiety can become a problem when a young person feels stuck in it, or when it feels like an overwhelming, distressing or unmanageable experience and can include panic attacks, phobias, issues associated with separation or with school and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). As a result it can have a huge impact on both behaviour and learning.
This course will help SEMH school teaching and support staff to understand the many triggers that young people experience and how to reduce the barriers to learning that it can cause. The course also looks at how it can impact behaviour and support strategies to manage this including using the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
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Learning Outcome 1 – Understand what an Anxiety Disorder is and how it impacts on individuals.
1.1. Understand the function of the response.
1.2. Recognise the physiological and cognitive symptoms .
Learning Outcome 2. Be able to identify the impact that anxiety disorders have on a behaviour.
2.1. Recognise common triggers in young people.
2.2.. Recognise the different presentations of anxiety.
2.3. Recognise the impact on behaviour in school.
Learning Outcome 3. Be able to reduce the impact that anxious behaviour has on learning.
3.1. Describe the impact that anxious behaviour has on learning and cognition.
3.2. Recognise common barriers to learning that anxiety can cause.
3.3. Describe ways to overcome barriers to learning caused by anxiety.
Learning Outcome 4. Be able to identify key principles of supporting anxious learners with behaviour.
4.1. Use the iceberg theory of behaviour to describe the impact anxious behaviours can have on learners.
4.2 Understand the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
4.2.Identify ways to support anxious learners with their behaviour using basic CBT and other principles.
4.3. Define crisis management.
4.4.State ways to manage learners during periods of crisis.