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Making Back to School Easy for Every Kid

Getting on the bus

It's back to school season, and for many families, the fresh start of a new academic year carries with it considerable stress. How will kids manage to shake off summer and adapt to new teachers, friends and routines?

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, for example, a return to the demands of school may stoke particular anxieties for both parent and child. How will she adapt to this particular classroom? Will her teacher be able to give her the support she needs? The first article below suggests a personal letter from child to teacher as a great way to gain understanding and open the lines of communication about the challenges of ADHD.

One reason letters are so effective is that each child's ADHD manifests itself in different ways, and this idea applies to all kids. When it comes to going back to school, nearly every child has some sort of "special needs." A child may need extra support and awareness because his parents are going through a divorce. A child might be shy, or she might be overly precocious. Or a child's family might have moved to a new area over the summer, which means starting school while still adjusting to a new home in an unfamiliar place. The second article below contains advice for just about every parent, no matter what your child's unique concerns may be.

The articles, written by staff at the NYU Child Study Center, have tips for how parents and teachers can help ease all children smoothly back into school.

Kids with ADHD Go Back to School: A Letter to Teachers is the Write Start

Back to School: How Parents Can Ease the Way for Every Kid