How is your child settling in at school? Here are some signs of anxiety and worries for parents to look out for

This week in SA, school has resumed again after a two week holiday break. It is not uncommon for children to be a little reluctant to go back to school after a break, when the freedom and relaxation of holidays are fresh in their minds, particularly if staying up late and sleeping in have been their routine for the last couple of weeks! It is normal for children (and parents!) to take some time to get back into the routine of getting up and getting to school each weekday, especially if the family has taken a trip away during the break.

For most children, settling back in to school should only take a few days. But for others going back to school after a break can be extremely challenging. These children may experience worries or anxiety about school for a number of reasons. They may be having difficulties with their friends or peers, experiencing bullying, struggling with the academic work, or experiencing mental health difficulties that make attending school a struggle.

Children are often not able to express their worries to us with words, so it is important to notice any differences in your child’s behaviour in relation to school, to identify if your child’s reluctance is part of the normal settling in period or something more significant.

This article outlines some behaviours that may indicate that your child is struggling at school.

“Like most problems, early detection is key. Identifying both that a challenge exists, and what, exactly, that challenge is, can help ensure students are helped in the appropriate ways.”

Like most problems, early detection is key. Identifying both that a challenge exists, and what, exactly, that challenge is, can help ensure students are helped in the appropriate ways. Here are some of the less obvious signs for parents to consider while the new school year becomes less new*:

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Identifying the exact nature of your child’s difficulties will mean that they can be given the right sort of assistance. Appropriate help, provided as early as possible, can get your child back on track quickly, so that you can avoid the risk of the problem getting worse or your child experiencing long term disengagement from school.

Communication between home and school is essential in helping your child to feel happy, safe and successful at school. Support from a psychologist may also be helpful if your child is experiencing learning difficulties or emotional or behavioural issues. With the right sort of support, all children can experience enjoyment and success at school.

Have a happy term!

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