A new school year is approaching and for
many students with special needs, the anxiety may be growing. As a parent, you
begin to notice this pattern each summer and you may not know exactly how to
soothe your child other than to say, “You’re going to be fine,” which is nice,
but just not enough. You may notice a general level of agitation,
argumentativeness, restlessness, or constant chattiness about school and not
wanting to go back.
Here are some strategies for you to use to
help ease your child’s anticipatory anxiety about the first day of school.