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Anxiety And ADHD: How You Can Help Students Struggling With Both

Ask the Expert:
What You Need to Know About Students
with ADHD and Anxiety

Featuring Christopher Willard, PsyD
Thursday, March 15, 3 p.m.

Did you know that up to 30 percent of children with ADHD have a co-occurring anxiety disorder? Anxiety can cause children to feel edgy, stressed out, tired, and tense,  and all that can have a negative effect on their school performance. For example, students with ADHD who have difficulty paying attention might have extra anxiety when it comes to quizzes and tests over material they missed. A child who has trouble with getting started may worry about finishing assignments within a specific time frame. 

By recognizing students who are experiencing anxiety and teaching them coping strategies, you can help. Join us for this webinar to learn how ADHD and executive function deficits can lead to increased anxiety in school. We will discuss strategies across grade levels to help students with ADHD cope with anxiety. We will also discuss how you, as a teacher or educator, might begin to create a culture in your school and classroom that better understands and accepts the challenges of anxiety.

Guest expert Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a psychologist, author, and educational consultant who specializes in mindfulness with adolescents and young adults. He has been practicing meditation for nearly 20 years. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and as president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind, Growing Up Mindful, Raising Resilience, and other books on child development.

This article appeared in ADHD Weekly on February 22, 2018.

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