Back to School: Dealing with anxiety

Published: Aug. 11, 2017 at 7:05 AM CDT
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Kids across Kansas are either headed back to class, or getting ready to. But, when your kids return to school, they may also face back to school anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common issues for young people, and going back to class can increase those feelings - especially things like test and social anxiety.

One thing specialists suggest is working on study strategies with your child to help them take tests.

Working with them on homework can also help reduce their anxiety.

Many children who suffer from text anxiety worry they are going to fail, or they won't get a perfect score.

It helps if you can communicate with your child that mistakes are normal.

"The other thing I can think is to identify, maybe emotional or learning challenges that may be getting in the way of performance," said Jason Scheck with the Wichita Therapy Session. "So that's where consulting with a professional would be a good idea."

The Wichita Therapy Center says awareness of anxiety in children is improving and there are new cognitive behavioral therapies available to help kids find ways to cope with the pressure.