What parents and teachers should know
What parents and teachers should know
When children are struggling with emotional or behavioral problems, it's often in the classroom that they show up most starkly. Difficulty following directions, focusing on schoolwork, transitioning from one activity to the other, tolerating frustration, getting along with other kids — these can all be signs that kids are overwhelmed by emotions they're having trouble managing. 
This week on childmind.org we round up resources about how mental health disorders affect children in the classroom, including anxiety, ADHD and OCD. Understanding what's bothering kids isn't easy, but it is the crucial first step to helping them handle those strong emotions, meet expectations for behavior, and concentrate on learning. 
Caroline Miller, Editorial Director |

Anxiety in the Classroom

What it looks like, and why it's often mistaken for something else.

Breaking the Behavior Code

How teachers can read and respond more effectively to disruptive students.

How Trauma Affects Kids in School

Exposure to neglect, abuse or violence causes learning and behavior problems in children.

How Sensory Processing Issues Affect Kids in School

And how can we help children in the classroom.

Twice-Exceptional Kids: Both Gifted and Challenged

2e kids have a unique set of issues that need addressing.

What's ADHD (and What's Not) in the Classroom

Signs of the disorder, and other problems often confused with it.

What Does OCD Look Like in the Classroom?

How to recognize the signs a child is struggling, even if he is hiding his anxiety.

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