SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH ANXIETY
In these unprecedented times, humans are faced with a myriad of stressors. Our mental health team has seen a marked increase in anxiety within our AA community: students, parents, and staff alike are experiencing heightened feelings of stress, worry, anxiety, nervousness, and general unease.
In a partnership with DCSD, our mental health team was able to offer 2 parent nights with Scott Cypers, PhD, and expert in the field of anxiety and depression. If your student(s), loved ones, or even you yourself are feeling the strain of anxiety...this video is for you!
The concepts outlined by Dr. Cypers are applicable and actionable for any anxiety: school-based, test and homework, sports/activities, separation from caregivers, etc.
Dr. Cypers is also collaborating with DCSD to put out smaller videos that take a deeper look at the concepts presented in his parent training. You can access the videos in this series, Helping Kids to Understand & Overcome Anxiety.
For more resources pertaining to anxiety support for students and adults, please visit the resources linked further on this page (specific to the topics we see impacting AA students most frequently) or reach out to one of our mental health team members
OCTOBER NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH RESOURCES
American Academy is again participating in October's National Bullying Prevention Month. Our staff has been provided with a plethora of resources to use in their classroom throughout the month.
We are utilizing resources from Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center
. According to their website, this organization actively leads social change to prevent childhood bullying, so that all youth are safe and supported in their schools, communities and online. PACER provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students.
Their website has resources for educators and for parents. They have outlined a month of activities that can be used both inside and outside of schools. Below are some additional websites to support the idea of National Bullying Prevention!
COVID 19 RESOURCES FOR PARENTS, FAMILIES, & STUDENTS
How to Talk to Your Children About Coronavirus:
Resources for KIDS:
- Comic for discussing COVID-19