Remember the knot in your stomach the week before you began junior high as you imagined losing your way to classes, a mass of new faces, lots of different and probably scary teachers, and mountains of homework?
Those fears live in the hearts and minds of adolescents and teens. While most adolescents make the adjustment to a different school in a matter of weeks, others may feign illness, refuse to leave the house, or have nightmares and unreasonable fears. You can help your child deal with this adjustment by listening to his or her concerns and asking if you can help. For example, you can create a map of classrooms before school starts to help relieve some anxiety.
Children who are not able to successfully manage fears and are still anxious after a couple of weeks may need professional help.
Other challenging situations may also arise as school progresses. Some of these issues may include:
If your child continually complains about school, find out what the problems are and work together to develop solutions. Your adolescent may be having difficulty concentrating because of concerns about family, friends, money problems, physical changes, or any number of worries.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||February 28, 2012|
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