Category Archives for "Anxiety"

March 26, 2019

Fidgets are Tools, Not Toys

Fidget tools in the classroom

After fidget spinners came on the scene, teachers began banning self-regulation tools from the classroom. Students misused them and teachers weren’t prepared for them. These tools get a bad rap when not used properly. Without clear usage rules, they can be a disaster and a distraction. With an effective management plan, using fidget tools in […]

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5 Strategies for Testing Taking Success

Testing season can be the cause of anxiety and frustration for students and teachers alike. As school counselors, we have the unique ability to help prepare our students for test success in a multitude of ways. In addition to helping reinforce test-taking skills, we can teach students how to handle and cope with the big […]

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October 15, 2018

10 Ways to Help Students Who Worry

One box I can always count on being checked on the needs assessment is ☑WORRY. Our students are coming to school with worries about friendships, home life, their school performance and so much more. Researchers estimate that nearly 32% of adolescents (ages 13-18) experience an anxiety disorder. Additionally, in a survey of children aged 10-11 in England […]

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August 6, 2018

Helping Parents with Separation Anxiety

Helping parents with separation anxiety. The beginning of the year is stressful for new students and new parents. The transition school can be a challenging time if parents are unsure how best to support their child with anxiety.

It’s the beginning of the school year filled with fresh haircuts, the sound of new squeaky sneakers, and the smell new crayons! This new beginning is exciting. It can also lead to high anxiety for parents and children. Reluctant parents send their kids away for the first time. It’s obvious who they are because they […]

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April 30, 2018

Pipe Cleaner Crafts for School Counseling

Help your students self monitor their progress towards goals, track feelings, manage worries and more with these pipe cleaner crafts that are perfect for school counseling!

Pipe cleaners are one of my go-to craft supplies for the counseling office. They’re so versatile, easy to store, and students love to create things with them or just keep their hands busy. While they are great for demonstrating flexibility, they have so many more uses from keeping students’ fingers busy to tracking progress toward […]

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April 13, 2018

Favorite School Counseling Anxiety Resource

What is your favorite school counseling anxiety resource? Testing season aside, students are experiencing record rates of anxiety. School counselors are leaders in the building to help students and staff understand and effectively manage anxiety. Staff Book Study Last year, my building focused on learning more about anxiety and how to better support students emotionally. […]

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