"Reducing Anxiety in Kids" to be presented by Jessica Minahan on February 28, 7:00 p.m.

Newton SEPAC and Newton Public Schools present "Reducing Anxiety in Kids" with speaker Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the NNHS Auditorium.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four thirteen to eighteen year olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial. Preventive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior methods and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses. Easy-to-implement preventive tools and strategies as well as interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring will be discussed.

Speaker bio

Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator and a consultant to schools nationwide (www.jessicaminahan.com). Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems.  She is a blogger on The Huffington Post, as well as the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).