Signs that your child is not adjusting well to a new school
Adjusting to a new school can be really tough on a child, which can take a toll on their emotional well being, as well as on their academic performance. Meeting new teachers and making new friends can be very stressful, and while the majority of children are able to adjust to their new environment, some need a little extra help. Here are a few signs to look for if you think they are having a rough time at their new school.
- If your child says that they hate school, this is a very clear signal that they are unhappy.
- Chronic exhaustion is a good indicator that something is wrong. While having a hard day at school is normal, coming home everyday tired and cranky is not,
- Troubled sleep patterns are a good indicator of stress. If they are not sleeping well, this could be a sign that they are not adjusting well to their new school.
- Tummy aches, especially in the morning before school. This could be your child’s way of avoiding school, or a reaction to the “butterflies” in their stomach which is caused by anxiety.
- Social isolation is a sign of chronic stress. Cutting themselves off from friends and family is a definite warning sign that something is amiss.
- Academic performance is a key indicator that there is something wrong, one which should be addressed immediately.
How to help your child adjust to a new school
Adjusting to a new school environment can be tough for some kids, but with patience and understanding, your child will be able to cope. Here are some things you can do to help your child feel better about their new school.
- If your child’s grades are dropping, getting some extra help can really make a difference. Hiring a tutor will not only improve their grades, it will also make them feel better about themselves. A confident child will have a much easier time adjusting to their new school.
- Talk to your child’s teachers. Many teachers will gladly pay a little bit of extra attention to a child if they know it will be helpful, especially for a child who is new.
- Encourage your child to participate in extra-curricular activities. While you do not want to over burden your child, one or two school activities will help them to bond more with their teachers and their peers.
- Do not overreact. If the first few days at their new school is a little stressful, reassure them that you care, but remain calm and positive. The way you react has a direct impact on their state of mind.
After a few weeks at their new school they should become adjusted. If not, then make an appointment with their teachers and the school psychologist. They will be able to point you in the right direction for getting your child the help that they need.