In , author Nadja Reilly presents a wealth of information for educators on the impact of anxiety and depression and other mental health issues in children.Tens of thousands of students enrolled in American postsecondary institutions report having a mental illness.
Anxiety disorders can sometimes interfere with your child’s success at school.Your child may be eligible for services, accommodations or modifications under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973.Telling someone — whether or a child or adult — “Just think happy thoughts and it will be okay” rarely works. If we do not release or acknowledge feelings, they get stored and become part of our physical and emotional make-up.Children’s feelings that are stored and “stuffed” become activators for negative behaviors.Recent increases in the size of this group are due in part to improved medications that result in symptoms mild enough for them to enjoy the benefits and meet the challenges of postsecondary education.
Students with psychiatric disabilities are entitled to reasonable academic accommodations as provided by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 19 amendments.
Also ask them to monitor changes and behavior in the classroom so you can inform your doctor of any progress or problems, or ask them to speak to the doctor or therapist directly.
Read more about what schools can do for your child, including a sample of accommodations, according to psychologist Lynn Siqueland, Ph D, a specialist in treating children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and an ADAA member.
Even so, the following suggestions may help you create a list of what you think may help your child: Remember, this list of accommodations is just a sample of possible classroom accommodations.
Work with your child’s school to decide which accommodations are necessary based on your child’s symptoms.
Some students miss classes, forget deadlines, or become very withdrawn as a result of their illness.