Tips for Relieving Back to School Anxiety in Kids - WBAY

Tips for Relieving Back to School Anxiety in Kids

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If your child is starting school for the first time, or moving to a new school, you may see signs of anxiety.

Anxiety affects up to five percent of school age children, commonly between the ages of five and six; ten and eleven; or when they are entering middle or high school.

Signs of school anxiety include:

  • Stomach aches, headaches, nausea.
  • Tantrums, inflexibility, separation anxiety.
  • Sudden illness when it's time for school or while at school.

Experts say school anxiety often affects children of average or above average intelligence.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America suggests trying the following ideas to help relieve your child's school anxiety:

  • Start by exposing your child to their school in small amounts--slowly increasing exposure.
  • Talking to them about their fears and feelings often helps reduce them.
  • Keep your kids in school.  Letting them stay home only reinforces their anxiety instead of getting rid of it.

 

 

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