Maintaining Student Connections and Reducing Anxiety During COVID-19
A Professional Development Workshop


With up to a third of children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults need a new approach and practical, easy-to-implement strategies to help children cope with their anxiety. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when everyday life is so heavily impacted, levels of anxiety in children and teens are likely even higher and the risk for trauma greater. 

Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of everyday challenging situations, participants learned easy to implement preventive tools, strategies and interventions for reducing anxiety and increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring in students.  Virtual classroom and traditional classroom examples were shared.



Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst, special educator, as well as a consultant to schools internationally ( Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public-school systems.  She is the co-author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014). 

May 29, 2020