Their Emotions

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We acknowledge we live in a fast paced society, struggling sometimes with the pressures placed upon us as parents. Our children feel the same pressure, however they do not have the strategies to understand how to deal with continued pressure, which can result in anxiety developing. If our children are in a constant state of anxiety this impacts on their well-being and consequently their learning.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report confirming depression and anxiety are the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide (WHO Oct 2016). This report highlights the importance of addressing anxiety in our children before it escalates in later life.

When children commence working with me they can be anxious about learning, have low self esteem and at times feel they are not capable of learning anything.
In moving learning forward, it is important to acknowledge children’s anxious feelings, developing strategies to help them cope when anxiety becomes overwhelming. When children understand the part of the brain contributing to anxious behaviour, it helps them validate their feelings and physical symptoms by understanding there is a scientific explanation.

At Engaged Learners time is spent addressing a child’s wellbeing, developing strategies to cope with anxiety and develop self esteem in a safe and non threatening environment. Once a child’s social and emotional development is addressed, improvements in academic development can be forthcoming.


Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders – Global Health Estimates. Geneva: World Health Organisation; 2017. License CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO. [online] Available at: [Accessed 21 Apr. 2017].