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Professor Advises Parents on Curbing Back-to-School Anxiety

NYU Professor Gives Advice to Parents on Curbing Students' Anxiety

Back-to-school anxiety can affect students of all ages, and there are plenty of ways for parents to help students relax and adjust to school. 

Care2.com featured Victor Schwartz, associate professor of psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, giving tips on curbing anxiety from the preschool years through college. 

"Until preschool, life has centered on home, parents or familiar caretakers," the article said. "Then, bam! Young children have to negotiate interactions with strange teachers and other kids."

In the "How to Help" portion, Schwartz advises parents to stay calm, because anxiety is contagious. 

"And prepare your child by arranging play dates away from home and even overnight stays with trusted friends and family," he said. "Let them know they'll be OK, but in a matter-of-fact way that makes them think you really believe it."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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