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How to help an anxious child or teenager join our classes

Updated: Aug 20, 2023



How to overcome anxiety with classes at Unite stage academy in poole.

Helping Anxious Children and Teens Overcome Classroom Nerves**


Starting a new school year or joining a new class can be an exciting time for many children and teenagers. However, for those who struggle with anxiety, it can be a daunting experience that triggers nervousness and apprehension. As a stage academy that understands these needs there are several proactive steps we can take to support anxious children and teenagers as they navigate their way into their new classes with us.

In this blog post, we'll explore practical tips to help ease their transition and make the experience more manageable and Unite together. I can assure you we have special superpowers that make the extremely anxious child excited to attend our classes.


1. **Communicate with Teachers:**

Open lines of communication between. Reach out to us teachers before classes begin to discuss their anxiety and any specific concerns they might have. We can adapt our approach to provide the necessary support, whether it's allowing extra time or providing a quiet space for breaks when needed. Sometimes even if one of the teachers gives you a call and has a chat with you and your child before the class can help ease the anxiety.


**2. Familiarization Visits:**

Arrange for your child to visit the studios a few times before starting. These visits can help them become more comfortable with the physical space and layout, reducing the fear of the unknown. Familiarity with the surroundings can alleviate some of the anxiety associated with new environments.


**3. Introduce Potential Friends:**

Meeting new people can be a significant source of anxiety for children and teenagers. If possible, arrange opportunities for your child to come and meet some of the students who will be in their class. This can help them establish connections before the first day, making the idea of attending class less intimidating.


**4. Peer Support:**

Encourage your child to maintain or establish connections with classmates. Having a friend or acquaintance in class can serve as a valuable source of comfort and reassurance. At Unite we do have buddy systems that can help facilitate these connections.


**5. Attend Classes Together:**

In the initial days of a new class, consider accompanying your child to the studio. Sitting in our waiting area can help ease their anxiety and provide a sense of security. Gradually, you can reduce your presence as they become more comfortable.


**6. Observe a Class:**

If possible, arrange for your child to observe a class in session before their official start. This can help them understand the dynamics, how we teach, the style, and routines, which can significantly reduce their anxiety about attending classes.


**7. Develop a Routine:**

Routines can provide a sense of predictability and control, which is often soothing for anxious children and teenagers. Establish a daily routine that includes time for preparation, relaxation, and self-care. Knowing what to expect can help mitigate some of the uncertainty that triggers anxiety.


**8. Practice Relaxation Techniques:**

Teach your child simple relaxation techniques like deep breathing in for 7 and out for 11 something we use a lot, mindfulness, or progressive muscle relaxation. These tools can be invaluable when they start feeling overwhelmed in the classroom.


**Conclusion:**

Supporting anxious children and teenagers as they face the challenges of attending new classes is a collaborative effort between caregivers, educators, and the students themselves. By implementing these strategies, we can create a more comfortable environment that encourages a positive transition and sets the stage for a successful academic experience. Remember that each child's journey is unique, so tailor these approaches to best suit their individual needs and preferences. As we make sure that we tailor to your Childs needs as well.


To find out more about how we can help your child just contact us, and we will be happy to ease the nerves.



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