Fit School Anxiety:

The Problem

The school environment can certainly be a stressful environment! Between keeping up with homework, taking tests, and trying to conform to all the social expectations—how do kids manage to keep it together? Unfortunately, some do not!

Often, when some children succumb to the pressures of academia, they may get diagnosed with “Anxiety.” As a society, we often place so much stake in “fixing” the problem, we simply lose sight of the ROOT CAUSE.

Just as there are many different types, there is an even greater variety of causes. For this sake of this content, I’d like to focus on the academic side. If a child falls behind in school and then digs a deeper and deeper hole with every passing day, what is likely to happen? For starters, the child is likely to encounter some difficulty keeping up with classroom discussions.

The child will start experiencing boredom, grades will slip, peers will disparage, and parents will give consequences. As this pattern starts to play out with any level of frequency, how can this not be a recipe for anxiety?

The Solution

At Fit Learning, we are all too familiar with this quandary. Guess what? The problem is not as complicated as it may appear. As a matter of fact, we have been able to solve it in as little as 40 hours of instruction! The root cause comes down to “Gaps in Learning”!

When a child falls behind in the first couple years of school, it largely goes unnoticed, but as the material becomes more complicated—these learning gaps begin to surface. When enough potholes begin to form, eventually the road to academic success becomes unmanageable. As the learning gaps grow, the lessons become increasingly disconnected and the teacher begins to sound as though she’s speaking a different language.

Fit Learning is a science-based program that utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Direct Instruction (DI) as its framework for overcoming these gaps in learning. The success of our approach is due in large part to the following characteristics:

  1. All sessions are one-on-one between Coach and Student, allowing the student to progress at his or her own pace. The prescribed pace of schools is sometimes too fast for certain students, which likely contributed to the learning gaps.
  2. We go back to where the deficiencies first began. If a student is in 5th grade but is functioning at a 3rd-grade level, then our sessions will begin with those under-developed foundational skills from 3rd grade and move forward from there.
  3. It is not enough to just know the material, as our program has MASTERY as it’s key objective. Students should be as fluent in the component skills as they are with the alphabet. Fluency at the fundamental stages assures a stronger grasp of more complex concepts down the road.
  4. Positive reinforcement is at practically every step of the Fit Learning process. This is particularly important for children who have suffered with anxiety. We realize that the school environment may conjure up negative feelings for such kids, so our reinforcing approach serves to change their outlook toward academia.


Depending on the number of deficiencies a child had coming into our center, it is not uncommon for him or her to catch up with the class after only 40 hours of instruction. Given the fluency aspect of our approach, it is not at all unlikely that the student will come in ahead of his peers. Perhaps even more important than the academic growth is the fact that this student will have a higher confidence level and a more positive outlook toward school!


Fit Learning uses the Fit Learning Method of instruction. The method is a unique combination of applied behavior analysis, precision teaching, direct instruction, curriculum-based measurement, and relational frame theory. The result is a profoundly transformative process that consistently produces 1-2 years of growth in 40-50 hours.This is why tutors in Perth cannot reproduce results such as these.


Science has determined that fluency – or a measure of accuracy, plus pace – is the most appropriate measure of skill mastery. It reliably predicts that a learner remembers the skill over time in the absence of on-going practice, and that they can perform the skill under distracting conditions without affecting performance. This serves as the goal for everything we train at Fit Learning.


When students achieve fluency across a broad array of core skill areas for a particular subject, they experience an actual transformation as a learner. A fluent foundation produces learners who have cognitive fitness – they are agile, flexible, focused, perseverant, confident, and determined learners, who are able to think critically at all times.