After navigating an unusual school year, children who will be returning to a full-time, in-person school setting may face some emotional and mental challenges. For parents, helping children navigate these feelings is important to their overall wellbeing and success in the classroom. Bayhealth Pediatrician Colleen Allorto, DO, offers tips for helping children adapt seamlessly and addressing the nervousness and stress that students will face.
“Everyone’s routines look different from how they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sleep cycles are off, commutes are returning, mealtimes may shift, and more,” said Dr. Allorto. “This transition back to school won’t be easy, but it hopefully will mark the beginning of communal healing for kids and families everywhere.”
As a seasoned mom and pediatrician, Dr. Allorto has more than 20 years’ experience in pediatric and adolescent medicine. She has a special interest in mental health and helping children and teens and their families successfully navigate common conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, anxiety and depression.
“As a mother of two, I have always tried to transition my children with structure and routine a few weeks prior to returning to school. It has saved lots of tears and rough mornings over the years,” said Dr. Allorto.
Here are some of Dr. Allorto’s top tips to help parents navigate their child’s mental health as they transition back to school post-pandemic:
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Anxiety and ADHD can both cause difficulties with concentration, which many people have experienced during the pandemic. Distinguishing the diagnoses of anxiety and ADHD involves timing of onset, the theme of the person's worries, and psychological testing. Anxiety is more common than adult ADHD.
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