September has come and gone in a flash!!! Kids are settling in with the daily expectations of school routines, work/assignments/tests and navigating the complexity of recess and friendships. Excitement for school may be being replaced by stress of going school and life. Stress is a normal part of everyday life. And limited amounts of stress can have a positive influence on motivation and creativity. But excessive stress can have a dramatic effect on learning and social development.
What are the signs and symptoms of stress in children? ( these are only some symptoms)Body (Physical Symptoms) - tense muscles, headaches, stomach-aches, rapid heartbeat, skin rashes, disturbed sleep, illness, fatigueMind - poor concentration, forgetfulness, difficulty problem-solving, confusion, being easily distracted, being irrationalFeelings/Emotions - fear, anxiety, frustration, anger, sadness, being overwhelmed, difficulty regulating emotions, withdrawingBehaviors - whining, poor listening, crying, nail biting, daydreaming, fighting with others, pack of appetite, poor school performance, bullying, withdrawal from activities.
It is important to be on the lookout for significant changes in your child's behavior, as this shift can be a sign of too much stress.
If you believe your child may need some support in developing coping strategies for stress, please give me a call at the school. I'd be happy to work with you and your child.
Falun School, M/Th, 780-352-2898
Lakedell School, T/F, 780-586-2415
Winfield Elementary School, Wednesdays, 780-682-3856
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