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Techniques to help students suffering with anxiety

Anxiety-related disorders are increasingly common among young people. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers us five simple calming strategies that can be used in the classroom

Almost one in 10 young people aged five to 19 now suffer from an emotional disorder, according to NHS statistics, with anxiety-related disorders being the most common (SecEd, 2018).

Therefore, I would like to offer some practical strategies that you could try out with the children and young people in your care. Most of these can be adapted for students at a variety of ages and stages and are good for adults too. Each can be used either to try and instil calm at times of anxiety, or as a proactive calming measure ahead of more stressful situations.

You can talk through these strategies if they require calming, but you can also teach these ideas to students so they can use them themselves.

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