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School-Based Intervention Using Muscle Relaxation Techniques

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School-Based Intervention Using Muscle Relaxation Techniques

By: by Roger J. Klein, Psy.D. , Licensed Psychologist and author of Ready, Set, RELAX


Although anxiety disorders represent the primary reason children and adolescents are referred for mental health services, children showing symptoms of these disorders are often not being identified (Tomb & Hunter, 2004). School Psychologists and school counselors are in a unique position to help identify as well as provide preventative measures to combat the development of anxiety disorders. This is critical because greater resources and attention are given to children with disruptive disorders (eg hyperactivity, conduct problems, and oppositional behavior) than disorders like depression and anxiety that present with internalizing symptoms. “It is clear that to reduce levels of childhood mental illness, interventions need to begin earlier, or ideally, preventive interventions need to be provided prior to the development of significant symptoms” (Greenberg, Domitrovich, &: Bumbarger, 2001, p.3).

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Featured Organization: Selective Mutism Group ~ Childhood Anxiety Network (SMG)

We thank Selective Mutism Group ~ Childhood Anxiety Network for allowing PediaStaff to link to their article. Selective Mutism Group ~ Childhood Anxiety Network is the nation's premier resource for information on SM. SMG, a part of the Childhood Anxiety Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, resources and support to those impacted by a child with the anxiety disorder known as Selective Mutism (SM). Visit their website at :www.selectivemutism.org

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