Special needs children are more likely to experience school related anxiety than any other child.These children may not understand the reason behind going to school, struggle with learning difficulties, suffer from learning anxiety or feel lonely.Reducing this kind of school-related anxiety in special needs children can be a challenge which requires parents and teachers to work together to identify the cause of the anxiety and come up with proactive solutions.
Step 1: It is possible that a child’s school anxieties are related to their specific condition.
A wide range of mental and behavioral conditions can be referred to as “special needs”.It is possible that the type of school-related anxieties experienced by a child with intellectual disabilities is different from those of an individual with an intellectual disability.Take your child’s specific condition into account when tackling the issue.The average IQ for children with intellectual disabilities is 100.They have difficulty learning and communicating.They have to work harder at learning than their peers, which can result in feelings of frustration and low self-esteem.Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have difficulty concentrating, keeping organized, controlling impulses, and sitting still.They may have trouble keeping track of and completing their work because they engage in disruptive or inappropriate behaviors that get them in trouble with their teachers or peers.They can feel anxious about school.Children who have difficulty with reading, mathematics or written expressions are often unable to process information in the same way as others.When this occurs, the child is not given the additional support they need and falls behind as a result, leading to feelings of anxiety and low self-worth.Children with special needs have difficulty communicating with other people.They may be overwhelmed by noisy classrooms and struggling to keep track of assignments.This makes school difficult and frightening.Children with conduct disorder tend to act aggressively towards others and refuse to follow the rules.These children have a lot of difficulty in school and are often in trouble because of their anxiety.
Step 2: Take a look at the symptoms of anxiety in your child.
Dealing with your child’s school-related anxiety will require you to fully understand what causes these negative emotions in their child, and to recognize how they express them.It is not helpful for either of you to mistake your child’s anxiety for bad behavior.A common expression of anxiety is complaining about feeling sick on a Sunday night or Monday morning before school.Emotions can Flare up before or during school.They don’t want to go to school if they are in a bad mood.As school time approaches, bad behavior becomes worse.The parent refused to let go of their hand, leg or waist.In order to get out of school, Manipulative behavior includes crying, screaming, acting aggressively, and hurting themselves.
Step 3: Speak to your child’s teachers
It is a good idea to speak to your child’s teachers and observe how they interact with you.When it comes to a special needs child, there needs to be good communication between parent and teacher.You may be able to learn more about your child’s behavior thanks to the teachers.When it comes to the child’s anxious behaviors, they may have noticed patterns and give you advice on how to support the learning at home.The teacher will benefit from your insight, as you may be able to fill them in on the specifics of your child’s condition and make them aware of the issues they have been having.It’s a good idea to speak to the principal and other teachers in the school so they know how to handle any issues with your child in an appropriate way.
Step 4: Look at how your child behaves in class.
Asking the teacher if you can sit it on a lesson and observe how the child behaves is a good idea.You may be able to understand the source of your child’s anxiety.If you know you are in the classroom, your child may behave differently.If you can sit at the back of the classroom or behind a screen, your child will be unaware of your presence.Pay attention to how the child responds to the teacher’s questions, look at how they interact with other children, and try to identify the times when your child is focused and distracted.Watching how they act in the school yard at playtime is a good idea, as school anxiety may not be related to their schoolwork, but rather to the social aspect of school and their interactions with other children.
Step 5: The schoolwork should be tailored to each child’s abilities.
One of the main reasons for school anxiety in special needs children is their inability to understand the material and keep up with their peers.To allow your child to learn without feeling pressurized, you need to find a learning speed and technique that is appropriate for them.It will boost your child’s self-esteem and make them feel better about going to school if they engage in schoolwork that they fully understand.It’s important for children with intellectual or learning disabilities to be able to work at their own pace.Although the teacher may be able to provide separate assignments for your child, in some cases it will be necessary to hire a special needs assistant who can sit with them and walk them through their schoolwork.It’s important for children with attention deficit disorder to have someone to keep them focused and engaged in their work.This will allow your child to get the individual attention they deserve, without slowing down the rest of the classroom.
Step 6: Positive reinforcements can be used to reward good behaviors.
Positive reinforcement such as praising or rewarding your child for good behavior will help alleviate school anxiety.A star chart is a great way to reward good behavior and is easy to understand by children.Every day that your child goes to school without complaint, does all of their homework, or doesn’t throw a tantrum, they get a gold star.You can give your child an ice cream or a small toy after a week of gold stars.Positive reinforcements can be used if your child shows good behavior or completes a task, no matter how small.Tell your child that they did a great job, clap, or give them a sticker.The child will hopefully be encouraged to behave well.Praise can help children with special needs associate good behavior with a reward.It’s helpful to tell them why the behavior is good.
Step 7: You should be assertive with your child.
It’s important to be assertive and firm with your child, even though it can be difficult.Children should not be allowed to be manipulated by their parents or teachers in order to get their own way.Don’t allow the child to stay home from school if they cry or have a bad day.Take a moment to figure out why they are so resistant.Explain to them that going to school would make them happy.Giving in to bad behavior will allow the child to get what they want.This will make things worse.This is important for children with conduct disorders, who often use destructive, aggressive behaviors to wear parents and teachers down and get their own way.A firm, assertive hand combined with positive reinforcements for good behavior is your best chance of getting through to these children.
Step 8: Help your child with their schoolwork by spending time with them.
When dealing with school anxiety in special needs children, it’s important that you spend a lot of time with them and do your best to make school a safe place for them.You can work through homework with your child when you sit down with them.If you can make it fun for them, use rhymes or games to help them remember information and praise them when they complete a task.Spending time working with your child will help you to identify the specific areas they struggle with, whether it’s sounding out words, completing mathematical problems or simply staying focused.If you supplement your child’s schoolwork with additional practice at home, you can work harder in that area.This is important for children with learning disabilities who don’t process information in the same way as other people.
Step 9: Positive emotions are associated with school.
Role playing games can help your child associate school with good feelings.If you want your child to act out situations, let them pretend to be the teacher or student.When it comes to identifying the causes of your child’s anxiety, this kind of role playing can be very revealing.Whether it’s sitting alone at lunch time or getting in trouble with the teacher, they may say or do something during a game that draws attention to a specific worry.It’s possible to get other children involved in the play.Your special needs child can learn from good behavior if you ask them to act it out.They can try to model this behavior at home and school.Training your child to associate school with feelings of happiness is important for children with all kinds of disabilities, whose anxiety surrounding school may stem from the negative emotions they currently associate with it.