Overcoming Anxiety in Adolescents with Special Needs
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Overcoming Anxiety in Adolescents with Special Needs

What actually is anxiety? The dictionary defines it as “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” Contrary to common beliefs, these feelings are normal, and can be useful emotions that facilitate survival. Anxiety can help us respond in appropriate ways to certain situations, and is experienced by everyone at some point in their lives. However, when anxiety snowballs into an anxiety disorder, steps should, and can, be taken to better manage it, especially when it interferes in the life of a student with special needs.  Being able to identify and support adolescents with anxiety has widespread implications to the work Riverview staff does daily with students, and was recently covered at an in-service training lead by Advisor Janet Becker and Residential Supervisor Chris White.