What Types of Anxieties We See at The Collett School


Some people will experience levels of anxiety from time to time. Most people can relate to feeling tense, uncertain fearful for example before an exam. These in turn can lead to sleep, problems, loss of appetite and ability to concentrate. This kind of anxiety can be useful because it makes you more alert and enhance performance. However if anxiety overwhelms a child they may not be able to deal with daily activities. If the anxiety stays as a high level the young person may feel powerless, out of control and sometimes this can lead to a panic attack.

Some anxieties are linked to syndromes and disorders, others as a result of a person's mental health.

In reducing levels of anxiety, we seek to help the individual to regulate their own feelings over time.

In all our classrooms and around the school, we support children with a programme of Zones of Regulation - colours that help children identify what state of arousal they are at and where they would want to be.

What do raised levels of anxiety look like?

running away
physical - e.g. flapping
talking to self
vocalizing - high pitched noises
storming out
hitting and targeting a perceived source of anxiety
repetition of phrases

Extreme levels of anxiety can be seen within:
Obsessive Compulsive disorder
Generalised Anxiety disorder (GAD)
Post -traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Panic Disorder

Reducing Anxieties

Our Teaching Seeks to Reduce Anxieties:
Helping the pupils develop their understanding
Putting in place reduction strategies
Teaching self regulation

DFE Mental Health and Behaviour Advice for Schools