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Free eBook: Tips for a better back-to-school transition

better back to school for kids

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What does this 4-page eBook deliver?

  • How to get kids to open up
  • Reduce student anxiety, build resilience, and decrease behavioral issues 
  • Set expectations 
  • Maintaining rituals and routines that inspire comfort
  • Sample anonymous student survey for teachers

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We know transitions are vulnerable times for students and their mental health. That means it’s a time of heightened risk for anxiety, self-harm behaviors, misbehavior, substance misuse, and even suicide. So how can parents and teachers meet students where they are and help make their transition back to school smoother and less anxiety-provoking?

This Tips for Better Back-to-School Transitions guide won’t give you instructions on fixing it for them but rather on what can you do to support students and give them more agency for their own mental health and well-being so they develop the skills they need going forward. It doesn’t eliminate anxiety but rather helps the child or student realize how they will manage the anxiety that comes with change.

In 2020, I ran a survey of over 100 students. That’s not a huge sample. However, the results were still very surprising. Here is the question and how they answered:

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How do you feel about going back to school this fall?

  • Excited- 0% chose this answer
  • Anxious and excited – 75% chose this answer
  • Dreading it – 25% chose this answer

Published by

Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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