Reflections From the "Easing Back-to-School Anxiety and Stress Twitter Chat"

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Aug 2017

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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

Related Resources

#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.