Anxiety of Struggling and Excelling Readers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the different types of anxiety experienced by students of different reading achievement levels.
  2. analyze the impact that COVID-19 has on the anxiety of students across the reading achievement spectrum.
  3. understand how to utilize bibliotherapy in helping students of different reading achievement levels develop coping strategies related to anxiety.

Description

The number of children (approximately 20%) who struggle with anxiety is increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students across the reading achievement spectrum experience anxiety but exhibit different types of anxiety depending on their reading capability. We identified different types of anxiety experienced by children who excel at reading or at risk for reading failure. Bibliotherapy is a proposed intervention to help students across the reading achievement spectrum develop coping mechanisms for their various anxieties.

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Presenter(s)

Chelsey T. Lemmon, Brigham Young University
Elizabeth A. Cutrer-Párraga, Brigham Young University

Contributor(s)

Melissa A. Heath

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