What Teachers Can Do About Students with Social Anxiety Disorder

What Teachers Can Do About Students with Social Anxiety Disorder

Having social anxiety disorder in school can be very hard in that it can hold a student to not want to speak up in class or be in a group in fear of being bullied. If teachers notice this, they should not ignore the problem or ask another teacher to take care of it. You can help out your student with social anxiety disorder by encouraging participation and letting them know they can come to you for help.

One way that you can help out your student is by letting the class know that you have the option of either working by yourself or working in small groups of two to three people. If the groups are small, the student will not have to feel left out and might be able to make new friends. They will have a better chance of getting their voice heard this way. Instead of having presentations where you have to speak to the entire class, make presentations where it is just in front of the teacher in private. Hopefully, that will give the student confidence that if they can give a presentation successfully to one person, they will feel confident to share with the whole class without an anxiety attack.

You should let your student know that they are doing a good job in their work by praising their accomplishments even if they get the answer wrong to show that they tried. This should give the student enough confidence in themselves. For younger children, you can read them stories about shyness and how to develop self-esteem. For older students, you can have them read novels and show movies in class that relates to that content. You can even assign that particular student to be a special helper for you to make them feel important like passing out papers around or running errands for you at the office.

Another way to show your student that you are there to help them is by punishing those who disrupt your zero tolerance policy on bullying like dropping a grade from the student who makes fun of someone during a presentation or who laughs when a student says the wrong answer. Set up a meeting with your student to meet with you after class at the same time every week to ask them how they are doing and the best way you can help them feel more comfortable.

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