Anxiety and the School-Aged Child: When and how to respond in the school setting

ANXIETY AND THE SCHOOL-AGED CHILD:WHEN AND HOW TO RESPOND IN THE SCHOOL SETTING

Host: Dr. Cindy Devore, Pediatrician/School Physician, Brighton Central Schools                    
Presenter: Dr. James Wallace, Pediatric Psychiatrist, U of R Professor in Psychiatry

During this session, Dr. James Wallace will discuss the diagnosis, etiology, and prevalence of anxiety in US school-aged children, including the categories of anxiety as defined by the DSM IV. Particular attention will address manifestations of anxiety in the school setting, including pharmacologic and behavioral treatment options. Specific focus will be on classroom management issues, such as managing emotional outbursts, confronting refusal to work or to cooperate with reasonable requests, outright school refusal or frequent disruptions to instruction (tardiness, early dismissal, frequent visits to the health office or counselor), and working with the overwhelmed or under-equipped parent. A collaborative team approach among the medical home, mental health home, family home and school home will be highlighted. A question and answer period will afford attendees an opportunity to ask general, not case-specific questions. 


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