School is back in session. If your child is overwhelmed or stressed during the first few weeks back, we are here to tell you that it is completely normal.
Here are some ways you can help calm their nerves:
- Stick to your routines. While it might be tempting to push bedtime back an hour or two or skip the typical after school agenda, it’s important to stay on schedule. Children thrive on routine and need one to help them feel comfortable.
- Start the day with an activity to help regulate them. Whether it’s spending time on a crash pad or movement, your child will feel better equipped to tackle the day.
- Communicate. Both with your child and their teacher. Talking to your kiddo about their day can help reduce anxiety as it tells them what to expect. Staying in contact with their teacher can help you better identify what exactly is triggering their stress throughout the day.
- Be flexible. This period is an adjustment. Not only for your child, but for you as well. If one strategy doesn’t work, try another. It’s okay to have to switch things up. You are doing great.
Is your child still having trouble adapting? Call us. We can help. Occupational therapy may be needed to help your little one better manage daily tasks.