8 Tips for Managing Homework AnxietyIt is not a word any child wants to hear, “homework.” After being in school all day, the prospect of spending time at home doing more work brings dread to many. But for some children, especially those with an anxiety disorder, the thought of doing homework brings fear. Dr. Marcia Slattery, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Wisconsin states, “There’s an inherent quality to homework that evokes a certain amount of stress, and that can be good, because it pushes us to learn. But for some children, the anxiety is so pronounced it basically freezes them.” Here are some ways parents can help to reduce stress and relieve some of the anxiety associated with homework time.
Children with other problems, such as ADHD or learning disabilities may be anxious about homework because they are having trouble understanding the work or keeping up with their classmates. Other anxiety issues, such as social anxiety disorder, may also play a role. Talk to your child’s teacher to find out if there are other school issues, for example, bullying, that may be contributing to your child’s anxiety.
11 College Accommodations for Students with Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and may make you eligible for accommodations to help compensate for symptoms of anxiety. Your first step is to visit the disability service office of your college. Each school has different requirements for documentation. Make sure you understand what information you need and provide the school with all paperwork. You will also need to request specific accommodations and explain why these accommodations are necessary. The following are some examples of accommodations which have been found helpful for students with anxiety:
5 Tips for Coping with Anxiety When Going Back to School as an Adult
Today, more and more adults are returning to college, whether to finally start their education, finish up a degree program or furthering their education with a masters or doctorate degree. But, as with children with anxiety, going back to school can be scary. You may worry that you won’t fit in, wonder how you are going to finance your education, fear that you can’t keep up with the workload or be concerned about taking tests. Whether you are quitting your job and going back full-time or returning part-time, your anxieties can be overwhelming. The following are 5 tips to help adult learners succeed at college:
— Last Modified: 08/29/2012, First Published: 08/15/2012