What does stress look like in a child?
A child’s day is filled with excitement and challenges. And while many children are able to roll with the ups and downs of life, some struggle to maintain balance and focus. And sometimes these struggles manifest as “behavioural issues” and beyond.
You are more likely to notice a childt’s behavioural issues because they are visible and may be disruptive to the classroom. But it is important to realize that a child’s stress response may go beyond actions that attract attention. Some children in your class may be experiencing a range of physical, mental or emotional reactions to highly stressful situations in their lives, including conflict between their parents or problems keeping up with schoolwork.
You can usually tell when a child is experiencing significant stress—at home, school or elsewhere—by the way they look and act while they are at school or at home.
Your important role:
As key role models in children and student’s lives, educators have a critical role to play in helping teach and demonstrate effective stress management. For many educators, this process begins with becoming more aware of the impact of their own stress.
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