The end of summer signals a variety of changes for students and families. Physiologically, students often have to return to a structured sleep routine and earlier wake time. Emotionally, students leave a time typified by lower stress and anxiety to one of higher demand and expectation. From an executive functioning perspective students have to fire up multiple domains of organization and self-regulation that are not as activated during the summer break. Taken together it is understandable why the start of school brings with it a variety of challenges for students of all ages especially when emotional struggles and / or learning weaknesses are part of the picture. The good news is that parents and caregivers can predict some of these challenges and work to reduce their impact.
Here are a few tips we hope help:
- Dr. Flamenbaum