Karyn Ellis, M.A., L.M.H.C.

Helpful Hints for School Year Transitions

School year transitions can be hard both for you and your child. Children can become anxious and even fearful about the upcoming changes that come with a new school year.

Some of the usual concerns include:

To help with the back-to-school transition:

The Transition

Most teachers know it can take awhile for students to settle in and be comfortable. Keep in mind it takes approximately three weeks (give or take) for a child to create or break a habit, so give them time and be patient. If conflict does come up in the class room or if your child brings you “what if” situations, help them problem-solve. If their school stress or anxiety is more than usual talk to their teacher. If you notice anything out of the ordinary with your child after they come home from school and there is no reported reason for it, talk to someone at the school and look into counseling.

School is difficult between peer conflict, social groups, possible development of anxiety or depression, or maybe there was a discovery of a learning disorder, there are resources to help your child succeed and have a great school year!