Students with learning disabilities (LDs) are more likely to experience anxiety than their peers without LDs (Nelson & Harwood, 2010). However, the presence of a learning disability may complicate the identification of an anxiety disorder. In addition, intervention approaches and classroom strategies need to take into account both the LD profile and the anxiety symptoms.
In this webinar recording, the speaker reviews subtypes of anxiety disorders to understand what they may look like in a school setting. Dr.Phillips also shares practical strategies for supporting the student with LDs and anxiety, reflecting challenging issues such as school refusal, selective mutism, social anxiety, and obsessive- compulsive disorder, for example.
Please Note: This webinar expands on the concepts and content covered in the May 2017 webinar on Recognizing and Supporting Anxiety in Students with LDs. This webinar can be experienced as a follow-up to the previous webinar or independently if interested participants have a foundation of knowledge on anxiety and/or LDs. Please click here to access the recording of this webinar.
About the speaker:
Dr. Marjory Phillips is the Director of the Centre for Mental Health Research at the University of Waterloo. From 2008 to 2017, Dr. Phillips was the Clinical Director for Integra, the only accredited children’s mental health agency in Canada to specialize in providing mental health services to children, youth and families with learning disabilities. She also worked as a clinical psychologist and Clinical Director in a children’s treatment rehabilitation in Kingston for 12 years.