Friday, 17 August 2018 14:18

Expert offers advice on dealing with back to school jitters Featured

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BANGOR - It's hard to believe school is starting in just a few weeks.

With new schedules and different teachers, kids can get anxiety leading up to the first day.


As summer comes to an end and students are getting their new schedules and new teachers that can cause some stress for them.


The question of not knowing who's in your class, the change in classrooms, and having to deal with school threats. Something most of us didn't have to deal with growing up.


Clinical director for inpatient pediatrics Just Fortin said, "I think it's an interesting time for kids I do think there is a lot of threats of violence to our school I think there's equally bullying is a huge issue with our schools."


She said being willing to talk to kids about those anxieties and having a game plan on how to handle those situations is a good idea, "If you know your child had a hard time last year as the parent you lining up with the school who's the go-to who's somebody that can be set up."


Anytime you notice any sort of change in your child she said it could be a sign they're having a difficult time, "If you have a kiddo that all of a sudden has a stomach ache or a sore throat, and maybe they legitimately do, but kids also when there's something going on their bodies start to act up."


Acadia cares has a series of videos that focus on bullying, anxiety, eating disorders, and LGBTQ.


"That web series offers a huge amount of information for people to go to," said Fortin.


For now, she said kids should just start focusing on getting back into a school schedule like getting to bed earlier and waking up earlier.




Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

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