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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Free Talk Tuesday, March 11th: Anxiety in the School Setting – Identification, Management, and Intervention

From the Wachusett Regional District SEPAC

February 27, 2014

Children can experience anxiety within the academic setting for a variety of reasons. At times this anxiety can become so severe that the child may engage in avoidance behaviors, including refusal to complete work or attend school. For this reason, difficulty managing anxiety often complicates the appropriate identification and treatment of many learning issues.

This presentation will provide an overview of how anxiety functions in children, how it is manifested in the school setting, and how it can be evaluated in formal testing. Specific methods for addressing anxiety at school will be discussed, including academic accommodations and modifications.

Finally, effective outside approaches to anxiety treatment will be discussed, including a range of different therapeutic options.

When:   7:00pm Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Where:  Davis Hill Elementary School
                   80 Jamieson Road,
                   Holden, Massachusetts 01520

To get to Jamieson Road from Holden Center (Rte. 122A), take Route 31 N (toward Princeton). The 3rd left is Jamison Road.

The Speakers

Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D. is a senior staff neuropsychologist at NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents), which she joined at its inception. Previously, she had worked for many years as an adolescent and family therapist. Although Dr. Monaghan-Blout works with children and adolescents contending with a wide range of learning issues, she specializes in the evaluation of children with complex combinations of learning and emotional concerns.

Dr. Angela M. Currie earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston’s Suffolk University, where her studies centered on children and families. Dr. Currie has provided a wide range school-based mental health services, including assessment, consultation, and therapy. She has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety-based disorders. At NESCA, Dr. Currie supervises and conducts outpatient services in the Anxiety and Attention Skills Coaching (AASC) Program, which focuses on teaching emotional awareness and self-regulation through a structured psychoeducational and CBT-based approach.

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