The fall favorites are coming soon: sweater weather, Halloween costumes, fall sports, and pumpkin spice.
Oh, and of course, back to school.
For some children, the transition out of summer and into the classroom — whether it’s virtual or real — can be bumpier than a hayride. And that’s perfectly normal. After all, it’s so human to feel stressed in times of transition, even when we’re looking forward to the change. Those jitters, that nagging sense of unease, those worries about exchanging an old routine for a new one, can affect all of us. And they can be present under all sorts of circumstances, no matter how young or old we are, no matter how many transitions we’ve made it through.
It’s not unusual for families to have periods of discombobulation, and these periods can be most pronounced at the end of summer. We’ve let our hair down a bit, and now we have to get back into our best working condition.
Which, admittedly, might take a little work in and of itself. But with the right tools and techniques, it’s easier for parents and caregivers to help the kids they love gain control over issues including anxiety and mood — and get everyone off to a good start for the new school year.
No matter how smart they are or how mature they seem, kids don’t always have the vocabulary to tell their parents or other caregivers exactly how they’re feeling. They may even be embarrassed to say something if they think they’re the only one who feels the way they do.
How can you tell if your child is experiencing distress or fear about the new school year? Here are some of the signs and symptoms. You may notice one, two, or all of them, all at once or one after the other.
First of all, remember this: Transitions can be difficult, even when someone is looking forward to them. It’s part of being human.
Fortunately, there are some basic techniques you can learn to support and help your child when symptoms are mild (clinically significant problems require a different approach). Checking in with a professional can help tweak your family system to make sure it’s running as smoothly as possible. By the way, if you’re feeling like your parenting is less effective than you want, having the skills to help your family reboot as the new school year shifts into high gear can be the confidence boost you need, too.
So, what kind of skills are we talking about?
That probably sounds like a tall order and it’s certainly not something most parents can do on their own.
That’s where Therapy Lab (TL) Kids comes in, with a short-term sequence of therapy sessions that addresses a specific goal.
Within an ideal timeframe.
With an upfront budget.
Designed to deliver results.
We have immediate availability and can start empowering you right away. So those lazy days of summer can give way to fall months that are happy and productive.
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Therapy Lab is an evidence-based therapy platform offering treatment packages to help adults, teens, children, and families meet specific goals. With an upfront timeline, we prioritize structure, efficiency, and results. We measure clients’ progress as we go and apply science-based principles such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to the therapy process.