Alisa Deininger, OTR/L
Sarah Kolic, OTR/L
Denise Young, COTA/L
The Calm Moments Cards program was speci cally developed, implemented and evaluated in 2014-2016 in order to build the capacity of diverse school personnel (teachers, related service providers, para-educators, and administrators) to recognize signs of stress and anxiety in students during 17 typical situational stressors (e.g. taking a test, completing a writing assignment, transitioning to another class) and apply evidence-based embedded strategies to help reduce stress and anxiety and ehance emotional well-being in order to improve school function.
Each of the 17 Calm Moments Cards includes easy-to-implement evidence-based strategies in the following areas:
The Calm Moments Cards also include the name of the situational stressor (e.g. Test Taking) followed by:
Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent diagnosable mental health disorder among children in the United States with 50% experiencing onset by age six.2 Feeling anxious during the school day can lead to restlessness, dif culty concentrating and irritability, leading to challenges in academic and social performance.1
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1 Weaver, L. L., & Darragh, A. R. (2015). Systematic review of yoga interventions for anxiety reduction among Children and Adolescents. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(6). doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.020115
2 Merikangas K. R., He, J. P., Brody, D., Fisher, P. W., Bourdon, K., & Koretz, D. S. (2010). Prevalence and treatment of mental disorders among US children in the 2001–2004 NHANES. Pediatrics, 125, 75–81. doi: 10.1542/peds.2008-2598