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The Effects of Anxiety and Stress

A massive anxiety cannot be removed just by someone telling you to not be afraid of whatever it is you're afraid of ---- people are afraid of spiders, water, and many other things.  Children with special needs also are subject to fears and anxiety; many of the are in continual stress due to their sensory deficits. Their anxieties cannot be removed by demands or requests to not be afraid or upset. If they're anxious about a toy that vibrates, new situations or new people, for example, our insistence only leads to their resistance and perhaps even behavioral challenges.

The person or persons who push you to do something you are afraid to do can become the enemy or perhaps someone we actively try to avoid. We have to become mindful of these fears and anxieties and provide support to help the child step out of his or her comfort zone. 

Here are some basic tips:

  1. Take time with the child to develop a trusting relationship utilizing the treatments of Offering and Imitation described by Dr. Nielsen in the Five Phases of Educational Treatment.
  2. Make sure the child can control his participation with the object or in the activity, e.g. be able to remove hands if something feels icky, walk away from you if he is feeling overwhelmed, reject that activity for today.
  3. Be a good playmate and play at the child's emotional level.  
Learn more about the effects of anxiety and stress on learners with special needs.

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Join us for our 5-part Active Learning Study Group!

These webinars will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. 
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Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Perkins School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will host this series of five webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen.

Beginning in September, the series will run through the 2017-18 school year and participants are encouraged to join in each of the sessions, in order to ensure continuity. All of the webinars will be recorded and archived, so that they can be viewed at a later date.  YOU MUST REGISTER SEPARATELY FOR EACH SESSION.

Session 1:  September 28, 2017
Session 2:  November 30, 2017
Session 3:  January 25, 2018
Session 4:  March 29, 2018
Session 5:  May 17, 2018

All sessions will be held at the following times: 

4:00-5:00 -- Eastern
3:00-4:00 -- Central
2:00-3:00 -- Mountain
1:00-2:00 -- Pacific


This training event has been approved by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) and the State Board for Educator Certification based on the actual hours of the presentation not including breaks.
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