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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jessica Minahan Speaking in Littleton 2/26: Cracking the Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching Students with Anxiety

From the Littleton SEPAC

February 24, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four thirteen- to eighteen- year-olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial, and preventive strategies are key to successful intervention.

Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward- and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior plans, and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring and alternative responses.

Easy to implement preventive tools, strategies and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning and self-monitoring will be discussed.

When:   7:00 - 9:00pm Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Where:  Littleton High School
                    Kiva Room
                    56 King Street, Littleton, MA 01460

This event is free and open to the public.


Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA is a board-certified behavior analyst, special educator and Director of Behavioral Services atNESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents), as well as a school consultant to clients nationwide (

Minahan has over thirteen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in both urban and suburban public school systems.

She is also the co-author ofThe Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Dr. Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012).

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