Speak for Yourself

Claire Duffy's blog about public speaking and communication (in real life). Speak well, do well!

Anxiety and Teen Speakers

Thanks to psychology academic and mother of several debaters/public speakers, Dr Catherine McMahon, who sends this response to Monday’s ‘Blame your Brain’ post:

Is there any evidence for the parent-child crossed-wires scenario? Is the teen misreading the parent’s cues, or is the parent thinking that they are transmitting “interested engagement” when they are actually transmitting something else …?

The “make a speech” task (often referred to as the Trier test) is one of the most commonly used paradigms for assessing anxiety (and social phobia) in adults and in kids.

Psychology researchers have also used this paradigm to assess parental overinvolvement/overprotection. Children are left with their parents for a few minutes to prepare a short speech. Psychologists observe the parent and the child and record the extent to which the parents stand back but support the child’s efforts or take over the preparation of the speech for the child.

If your child has particular problems with anxiety around making speeches or oral contributions in class you may find some useful information at http://www.centreforemotionalhealth.com.au/default.aspx


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This entry was posted on 09/05/2012 by in Anxiety, Confidence for Speakers, Nerves, Public speaking.

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