Positive Behaviour Support Strategies for Students with Anxious Behaviour


All of us experience some degree of anxiety (i.e. fear and worry) from time to time. When faced with a stressful situation (e.g. first day of school, giving a presentation or preparing for an exam) it is expected, normal and useful that we experience a little bit of anxiety. Anxiety increases our alertness, energy and focus which improves our performance. Anxiety experienced within the normal range is short lived and we return to a calm state when the stressful situation is over. However, for some students their fears and worries can last for long periods of time which interferes with how they function academically, socially and engage at school.

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Anxiety can present in many ways. For one student it maybe that they cry and resist being separated from a parent. Another student may ask you lots of questions, or repeatedly ask you for assurance that he or she is answering a question correctly. Whereas another student may obsessively worry about the weather. 

Supporting students who exhibit such behaviours can sometimes leave us feeling overwhelmed, unprepared and unsure on how to respond. If any of this sounds familiar, then you have come to the right place. This book will provide you with a roadmap developed from the evidenced based approach of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) to help you guide the student with an Anxiety disorder or who exhibit anxious behaviours learn positive ways of behaving, managing their emotions and reaching their full potential. This invaluable resource is useful for teachers, parents, early childhood educators, support staff, and mental health, allied health and supervisory professionals. 

Dolly Bhargava, is a Speech Pathologist and she has also completed a master’s degree in special education. She works with children, adolescents and adults with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in a variety of settings such as schools, accommodation, post school options, supported employment and prisons. Many of the individuals she supports have experienced abuse, neglect, family disharmony, repeated bullying, suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. 

She has seen first-hand how hard it can be for parents, teachers, support workers and other professionals to deal with the challenges of supporting individuals with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Dolly became convinced that the key to empowering and enabling this support depended on an expert blend of information, skills and responses; a kind of toolbox that would empower people with the knowledge, ideas and resources to support the individual positively. Through her consultancy, resources, face to face and online training services she helps provide people with the roadmap to guide the individual learn positive ways of behaving and managing their emotions.


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