Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Below is a collection of various blog posts to help you gear up for the school year. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.
It helps to know that their brains are reacting to the transition between summer and school and to really understand the brain science behind their behavior. Ding, ding, ding! Here’s the important part, the cliff notes version: anxiety and impulsivity are actually managed by the same portion of the brain.
Ending the summer and beginning a new school year is a source of both excitement and anxiety for most children. But amidst the thrill of choosing special school supplies, finding a distinctive backpack, and shopping for new clothes are anxiety-inducing questions such as: Will I like my new teacher? Will I be in the same class as my friends? While for most children this transition to a new teacher and a new class may present a mild challenge, for children with histories of trauma or harm, entering school may reactivate previous uncertainties, losses, fears, and terrors.
But consequences have consequences. Contemporary psychological studies suggest that, far from resolving children’s behavior problems, these standard disciplinary methods often exacerbate them. They sacrifice long-term goals (student behavior improving for good) for short-term gain—momentary peace in the classroom.
As the start of a new school year approaches, we’re mindful that the typical classroom isn’t always prepared for the child from a hard place.
Dr. Purvis gives practical tips for advocating for our kids at school in this clip from Children from Hard Places and the Brain.
As July slowly slips away, I know for many of us (parents of older-adopted children), anxiety sets in. Depending on the school system and the individual teachers, our year is about to be a breeze…or, hell. And, we’re sitting here wondering which it will be. I pray that this post will be an encouragement to both school officials and parents. I pray that it will be both informative and empowering.