All Kinds of News for February 06, 2019
There are strong indications that increasing numbers of preteens and teenagers are experiencing serious anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and panic. Many factors have been implicated, such as the ubiquity of being judged on social media, changes in parenting styles, prevalence of school shootings, achievement pressures, and so forth. As a result, significant numbers of young teens narrow their lives, disengage from or avoid school, and take refuge in game fantasy.
Dr. Thomas Nowak, Executive Director at Valley View School, states, "We assess anxiety by its three main manifestations: 1) subjective distress; 2) physiological arousal; and 3) avoidant behaviors. Any effective treatment of anxiety must address all of these domains. Thus, at Valley View School, we have instituted a multi-modal treatment approach to anxiety." The treatment team at Valley View addresses the anxiety concerns of students with an individualized regimen of interventions from the following list:
- Elimination of social media stress
- A milieu that is structured and supportive
- Supported engagement or re-engagement in intrinsically healthy pursuits, such as academics, sports, nature outings, theater, music and community service
- DBT- and CBT-based individual and group therapy, including specialized protocols for social anxiety and panic disorder
- Family therapy, psycho-education, and consultation with parents regarding their child's anxiety
- Mindfulness and meditation
- Individual and group work
- Yoga-based meditation
- An exciting new biofeedback/video game program, designed by researchers at Boston Children's Hospital, that teaches kids how to control their physiological arousal and develop emotional control.
Teaching students to successfully manage anxiety can open the door for healthier, more engaged development through adolescence, which has long been a central goal for Valley View School.
About Valley View School
Valley View School, founded in 1970, is a private therapeutic boarding school serving boys in grades 6-12. Our non-profit 501(c)(3) school is located in the central Massachusetts town of North Brookfield. The Valley View Program consists of a comprehensive blend of Therapy, Academics, Athletics, Arts and Activities challenging our students emotionally, intellectually and physically. The boys learn self-control and anger management, social skills in order to create and cultivate relationships with peers and adults, while developing compassion, empathy and respect for others and to realize their true potential.