Young Minds and Young Bodies: Supportive Teaching Strategies for Children with Mental Health Concerns

Academic Article


  • Physical educators can expect to work with students experiencing a mental health concern. Mental health concerns are prevalent among children and adolescents in the United States. An estimated 13 to 20% of U.S. children meet the diagnostic criteria for an emotional or behavioral disorder. The purpose of this article is to provide physical educators with specific strategies to work effectively with students experiencing a range of mental health concerns. Described are key warning signs for identifying students that may be experiencing a mental health need, specific communication techniques, class environment considerations, and creative ways to use games to promote student mental health and wellness.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 25253732
  • Author List

  • Watson D; Mowling CM
  • Start Page

  • 3
  • End Page

  • 11
  • Volume

  • 33
  • Issue

  • 5