Christine Cartwright and Julie McDonnell - Anxiety: Friend or Foe?

Initial Session

Q and A Session

About the Session

What is anxiety?

  • How does it feel?
  • Why do we get it?
  • What is adrenaline and how does it change our body responses?
  • How might anxiety be increased by a diagnosis of ASD or another learning difficulty?
  • How might we recognise a pupil with anxiety?
  • What can we do to help them manage their anxiety?
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About Christine

Chris Cartwright is the school counsellor for Stony Dean.  She has over 20 years experience working in Sp Ed and has been qualified as a counsellor for over 10 of those years, counselling privately and in schools.  Her modality is integrative, incorporating person centred, CBT and psychodynamic.  More recently Chris has trained as a supervisor and offers supervision to counsellors in one to one settings and groups.  She also has involvement in safeguarding training.

Christine Cartwright

About Julie

Julie McDonnell has had over 17 years’ experience working in Primary, Secondary and SEN settings.  During her 11 years at Stony Dean she has been heavily involved in the ASD curriculum, as a teacher, form tutor and well- being mentor. Julie has taught Life Skills to numerous groups, comprising aspects such as PSCHE, Functional Skills and off- site community visits. Julie is also part of a team creating and delivering support related to pupil anxiety, along with training staff involved.  Julie has a son in his mid twenties who has ASD/MLD and is in full time employment.

Julie McDonnell

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