Reflections From the "Easing Back-to-School Anxiety and Stress Twitter Chat"
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By Dr. John Kelly, NASP President 2017–2018
Transitioning back to school from summer vacation can be difficult for any child. However, for children and youth with learning difficulties, this transition can create significant stress and anxiety.
NASP was proud to partner with Understood.org for a Twitter chat on the topic of how parents and schools ease students’ transition back to school. Participants in the chat offered reasons why kids with learning difficulties experience stress related to going back to school and various ways that parents and schools can help support these kids. It was encouraging to see many participants recognize that school in general can be challenging for students with learning needs. Periods of transition can heighten their emotional reactions. However, participants of the chat stressed that teachers can help by knowing their students prior to starting school. This gives them opportunities to prepare their classrooms to create welcoming environments, respond to parental inquiries or requests for meetings, or consult with school-based mental health professionals to address any concerns. Parents were encouraged to begin planning for the transition early. Helping kids get back into their “school routine,” spending time with them to respond to any emotional needs, and reaching out to schools for information or to meet the teachers were all great suggestions.
Various organizations beyond NASP and Understood.org participated in the chat. The resources offered throughout the chat will provide professionals and parents an opportunity to respond to and support any child or youth struggling with the transition back to school.
Tweets From the Twitter Chat
A1: Kids w/learning difficulties often find school challenging which sometimes causes worry & difficulty transitioning back to school #ldchat— NASP (@nasponline) August 9, 2017
The stress of assignments, fitting in w friends, wanting teachers & school 2 understand your needs can build a great amt of anxiety #ldchat— Angela Lange (@angela_lange25) August 9, 2017
A1: Children with learning difficulties may face bullying from peers in a school setting, which can lead to stress and anxiety. #LDchat— NLM Outreach (@NLM_OSP) August 9, 2017
A1: It's not always a perfect fit between the way they see the world & what schools ask for in demands ... better understanding is key #ldchat— Peter Faustino (@Dr_Faustino) August 9, 2017
Q2: It's amazing how a simple private icebreaker with the teacher before the start of school can improve a student's outlook #ldchat— David Cheng (@DavidCheng631) August 9, 2017
kids who learn to be good self-advocates tend to be resilient when faced with stress #ldchat— NASP (@nasponline) August 9, 2017
A3: Review the child's IEP or 504 and know the child's needs, triggers, and how they respond to unfamiliar situations. #ldchat— Debra Isaacs Schafer (@EdNavigation) August 9, 2017
A3: A great book for younger kids - First Day Jitters by Julie Dannenberg - has a neat twist! #ldchat— Ginny Osewalt (@UnderstoodGinny) August 9, 2017
Q3: Incorporating whole class strategies like mindfulness throughout the year has been effective at the elementary level #ldchat— David Cheng (@DavidCheng631) August 9, 2017
#LDChat: Easing Back-to-School Anxiety and Stress
Understood.org created this Storify to highlight the strategies, resources, and tips to help families of children with learning and attention issues get ready for a new school year.
Back-to-School Transitions: Tips for Parents
Getting a new school year off to a good start can influence children's attitude, confidence, and performance, both socially and academically. The back-to-school transition can be difficult for both children and parents. This handout provides suggestions to help ease the transition and promote a successful school experience.