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UW-Health Psychologist Reminds Parents to Keep an Eye on Children With School Back in Session.

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 -- 12:00 PM

(Raymond Neupert, WRN) As many kids head back to school for in-person classes, parents and teachers need to keep an eye on them to see how they're adjusting.

UW-Health child psychologist Dr. Jason Horowitz says in most cases kids are going to be better off being with their peers, but in some cases that's not true. 

"Kids who may be prone to anxiety particularly in social situations may have difficulty making the transition from what may be more comfortable for them, doing school at home or doing school virtually."

Dr. Horowitz says there are some warning signs that parents can watch out for. 

"It comes out in a lot of ways. It comes out behaviorally, it may come out in sorts of externalized behavior and misbehavior, acting out. For some kids it comes out in the more internalizing way, they become withdrawn or anxious or depressed."

Dr. Horowitz says some signs your child might be having trouble adjusting include new misbehavior or anxiety.

"Teachers are really good at looking for those kinds of warning signs and I'm sure that they will be doing that as school kicks off again!"

Horowitz says it's up to parents and teachers to help their kids make the adjustments they need to flourish with their peers.

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