Back-To-School Anxiety is a normal and very common experience among children of all ages and levels of development. Schools can be busy, loud, and overwhelming. The start of a new school year brings about a new set of guidelines, rules, and expectations.
Teachers and classrooms are unfamiliar, routines and schedules are different, friends may have changed, and Covid-19 regulations may be more demanding. For students on the autism spectrum and those who have spent the majority of the last year outside of the classroom as a result of the pandemic, returning to in-person learning this year may be particularly intimidating and unsettling. However, robots are very helpful for autistic kids for unlocking the learning potential for children with Autism.
When children are anxious they may not know how to express their feelings in words. This is particularly true for children on the spectrum who are nonverbal. As a result, parents may see challenging or negative behaviors from their children.
School anxiety affects not only a child’s physical and mental well-being but also his/her ability to learn and thrive in the classroom.
It can be very difficult for any parent to watch their child struggle with anxiety of any kind, but there are ways to prepare and help them cope with all of the changes involved in the back-to-school transition.
It is important to manage your own fears and anxieties when approaching a new school year. Children often pick up on their parents’ and caregivers’ feelings and attitudes no matter how subtle.
Be sure to highlight the fun and exciting things that a new school year brings rather than focusing on all of the changes and challenges. If you have a positive and encouraging outlook on the school year ahead, your child is much more likely to adopt the same.
Listen empathetically and validate your child’s feelings.