Managing Back-to-School Anxiety
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
— Christopher Robin
The abrupt shift from the free and flexible summer days to the structured routine and classroom environments can prompt a feeling of being overwhelmed, rooted in fear and anxiety for many children going back to school soon. Simple tips and practices can help relieve some of the stress and anxiety they may be feeling about heading back to class.
Additionally, learning disabilities pose a challenge to many children heading back to school in the coming weeks. Learning disabilities don’t disappear with age and without recognition of the challenges faced, these students are less likely to succeed. Academic testing at Wellspring Behavioral Health allows parents, teachers, and counselors to find out where a student’s strengths and weaknesses lie.
Contact us today to learn more about academic assessments and how you can help to relieve the stress and anxiety your children may be feeling about going back to school.
Tips for Calming an Anxious Child
Anxiety and stress are common symptoms exhibited in many children when change in routine or environment occurs. Even for children who have experienced the routine and structure of classroom environments, leaving the comfort of their home after several months away from school can induce anxiety and overwhelming feelings. This is especially true for those who have trouble parting with mom and dad – their stress peaks during times of transition and change.
When it’s time to head back for the new school year, there are several tips and techniques to distract children from their anxiety and drive nerves away.
School Success Kit for Kids with ADHD
For children who have trouble managing time, struggling to focus and handling homework, you need to develop the right approach to succeeding at school. Children who struggle with disorders such as ADHD often begin the school year with a mentality that puts them behind from the beginning.
It’s important to help and encourage them to prioritize tasks. You can do this by helping them create their own school calendar and highlighting important items or days. Create structure through playdates and other activities they participate in both inside and outside of school.