1 in 8 Children Suffering: Anxiety

 Minahan, Jessica, M. Ed, BCBA. “Anxiety: The Hidden Disability That Affects One in Eight Children.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 03 May 2012. Web. 13 Sept. 2013. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jessica-minahan/anxietythe-hidden-disabil_b_1474089.html

According to Jessica’s bio on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jessica-minahan/ Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA, is a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator in the Newton, Massachusetts public school system.

Jessica: When teachers talk about their students unexpected behavior, Jessica says she goes straight to anxiety. The levels of anxiety they suffer from rises and falls throughout the day. She uses a metaphor sayings it’s like opening a can of soda, you won’t know if it was shaken up till it explodes. Anxiety effects the memory so it puts strain on a child trying to learn. A study showed that “children who were the most anxious in the autumn of first grade were almost eight times more likely to be in the lowest quartile of reading achievement and almost 2.5 times more likely to be in the lowest quartile in math achievement by spring of first grade.” Without the obvious signs it can also be hard to determine whether or not a child has anxiety.

Me: I never knew that 1 in 8 children suffered from anxiety, I thought they were kids just being typical fussy children. I didn’t really suffer from it as a small child, however I know now that it does affect your memory and does divert your attention to what you’re worried about. I feel as if teachers need to be informed about children suffering from anxiety because instead of getting slightly impatient from them “misbehaving.”


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