Parents and professionals can start planning now for the back-to-school time of year. Now is the time to ask children and teens how they are feeling about returning to school. Many children will respond with a mixture of emotions, including excitement and often some worry. Some students are uncomfortable about seeing old friends and meeting new people. There is often a concern about a new class schedule and navigating a different school and others might be concerned about eating food in the cafeteria.
Make the time to talk with students about how they can practice their bravery before the school year even starts. (ADDA) Suggestions to ease some of their concerns and anxiety include:
- Make the time to talk with students about how they can practice their bravery before the school year even starts. (ADDA) Suggestions to ease some of their concerns and anxiety include:
- setting up a meeting with their new teacher/classmates
- practicing eating in a cafeteria-style restaurant
- touring the new school multiple times or even having a practice math test at home
For families who need more support in this process, now is also the time to reach out to a mental health professional who is trained in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
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