Hi everyone, I often respond to posts in the forum, but this is first my new post. I completed the audio therapy series many years ago and am doing well. I am looking for your input into an area that I often contemplate when I talk to teachers who have socially anxious kids in their classroom (I raise awareness of social anxiety disorder).
What can a teacher do to help students who may have social anxiety? Do you feel that it may be helpful for the teacher to have the student stay after class and investigate through informal conversation to see if the student may have social anxiety? Then share information so they can get help? Other ideas?
If a person is diagnosed with social anxiety and the teacher is aware, what do you feel would help the student to minimize anxiety in the classroom? What could potentially hinder progress? In general, I’m curious what experiences you have had, good and bad, in the classroom that you feel could be helpful to teachers to learn and improve to better help someone else in the future.
Personally, when I was in school, there was very little awareness of social anxiety disorder so my teachers didn’t have a way of knowing that I had the disorder. I wish they would have noticed so I could have gotten help sooner, but the good news is that I did get help eventually as an adult (better late than never!).
Thanks for your input!!