Anxiety and kids, strategies to combat a new epidemic

STOWE, Vt. – In this workshop, “Interrupting the Worry Cycle: Advanced Strategies for Managing Anxious Students (& Parents)!,” Lynn Lyons will offer proven strategies that help children, their teachers, and their parents manage anxiety and prevent patterns that lead to serious long-term challenges. Lyons will speak in Stowe, Vt. Oct. 10 and 11.

Anxiety is on the rise across all demographics; no group is immune. About 30 percent of girls and 20 percent of boys – totaling 6.3 million teens – have had an anxiety disorder (National Institute of Mental Health). Anxiety is now the foremost reason that parents seek help from a mental health provider and is a top predictor of developing depression in adolescence or early adulthood. Experts suspect that these statistics are on the low end of what’s really happening, since many do not seek help for anxiety.

Anxiety is a pervasive master; when it moves in, it can take over all facets of life from daily routines to social connections; from learning to recreation. To exacerbate this problem, many things families and schools do to help can actually make anxiety stronger; often leaving teachers and parents at a loss for how to help.

Lyons has been featured in the NY Times Magazine, Psychology Today, and on NPR stations across the county, including the NPR program “On Point.” She has presented all over the U.S. and Canada in addition to maintaining her own practice. Lynn has a particular interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families.

VT-HEC is one of Vermont’s largest statewide providers of professional development focused on the education, health, and well being of children and youth. We offer more than 60 days of professional learning opportunities and over 30 courses in a wide array of topics.

For more information, about this program and the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative, go to www.vthec.org.

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