Exploring: Classroom Health: Childhood Anxiety (5.26-6.25.21)

Exploring: Classroom Health: Childhood Anxiety (5.26-6.25.21)

May 26th

Date: May 26-June 25, 2021
Course #: LR 288:606
Credit Hours: 1
Registration Deadline: May 26 @ 5:00 p.m.

Childhood Anxiety is a debilitating condition that has increased in children dramatically over the years. The pandemic has only added to the increase and intensified the need. Anxiety impacts home life, social life, school life and every aspect of a child’s being. Sleep is impaired, grades drop and hopelessness and helplessness can lead to despair.

This class will explore the signs and symptoms of childhood anxiety, the “red flags” teachers and parents should be aware of, and the struggles children with anxiety endure. Information will be presented on how educators need to react to students who display symptoms of anxiety and how to build a safe and supportive network. Each individual anxiety type will be explored highlighting symptoms, treatment and what educators can do to help the anxious child. Videos of professionals explaining this corrosive disorder will be presented along with videos of people who have experienced or are experiencing the condition.

Strategies, approaches, techniques and interventions will be discussed on how to remediate and support anxious children within the classroom setting and the home setting. Special note will be given to dealing with children who have experienced a traumatic event such as the pandemic.

Exploring: Childhood Anxiety is a 1 credit hour, Iowa license renewal course. It is self-paced to be completed within a 4 week window. Students will work independently engaging in lessons, reading articles, accessing videos and completing quizzes. An instructor will always be on hand to ask questions of, to confer with, or offer technical support.

Outcomes and Objectives:
By the end of the course participants will…

  1. Understand the prevalence of childhood anxiety;
  2. Understand the different types of anxiety that impact children;
  3. Identify signs & symptoms of anxiety in students; and
  4. Know & be able to implement classroom strategies that support students with childhood anxiety.

Course Topics that Support Instructional Practices and Strategies:

*Prevalence of Anxiety
*Types of Anxiety Disorders:

  1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  2. Panic Disorder
  3. Separation Anxiety Disorder
  4. Social Anxiety Disorder
  5. Selective Mutism
  6. Specific Phobia
  7. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  8. Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

*Risk Factors: Biological, Environmental and the Brain
*Strategies for Classroom Teachers and the Leadership
*Comorbidity: When Anxiety Co-exists with Other Disorders
*Measurement and Screening Tools for Childhood Anxiety
*Common Anxiety Treatments & School Based Programs
*Students Speak about Anxiety
*Tips for Parents
*Symptoms In and Out of the Classroom
*Disasters and Pandemics

Instructor Methods and Course Design:
This is a 1 credit hour Iowa license renewal course. Course objectives will be met through instructor designed lessons, supplemental readings and videos, and quizzes.

How Does This Course Support The Iowa Core?
Students should have a good understanding of their health (health literacy) both mental and physical. These essential skills, needed to maintain mental and physical well-being, provide the 21st century citizen with the tools necessary to live a happy, healthy and productive life.

Required Materials:
All materials are provided online.

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