Is it too soon to be thinking about going back to school? Probably not to be honest. I’m sure there are a lot of parents out there who are already wishing their kids were back at school and out of the house. After all, the summer can certainly start to drag after the first couple of weeks. So, let’s think about school and today we’re going to look at some of the issues that you can have with kids in school. Specifically, we need to think about what might be stopping them from learning, and there are a few issues that you need to be aware of here. Let’s start by thinking about eyesight problems.
If your little one is just starting school this year, eyesight issues should certainly be a concern. You want to get your kid’s eyesight tested before they start school to make sure that there are not any problems. You can arrange for this with your local optician, and really you should be getting eyesight tested at least annually.
One of the first signs of an issue with eyesight is actually going to be falling grades or reading difficulties. If you get called in because your child is struggling in school, this is certainly one of the possibilities that you should be thinking about. It might just be a case of your kid needing glasses. You might think that a child will be able to tell you if they are having eyesight problems. However, when they’re young, they won’t connect the two together. So, another sign to watch out for would be them complaining of headaches. Of course, this certainly isn’t the only issue that can stop kids from performing well at school.
Medical conditions can certainly play a part in how well your kid’s do academically at school. If you have a look at a full list of recognized medical diseases & conditions, you will see things like ADHD, Dyslexia, and Autism. All can cause some level of difficulty in school. Starting with ADHD, this stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder which a long way of saying that a child has difficulty maintaining attention for long periods. They can also be incredibly energetic and rapidly move in interest from one topic to another.
ADHD is often mistaken for a child just being naughty. But it is a recognized medical condition and treatment is available. There is meds that children can take to calm them down. But, you might want to start by thinking about cognitive therapy before you consider a medical treatment.
Dyslexia, on the other hand, will make both reading and writing difficult for kids. There is no treatment, but once you have a diagnosis, you can get special considerations in exams and help in classes. For instance, many schools provide dyslexic students with a free computer to use for their studies.
As for Autism, it’s entirely possible for a child with this condition to get through school without any help. Particularly if they are high functioning. In fact, many people with Autism are completely skipped over in childhood and never receive a diagnosis. The main sign of a condition like this is difficulty socializing, and this can lead to issues with school peers. That alone can cause problems that will result in lower grades for the student.
Issues With Bullying
As a parent, you might get lucky and never have to deal with your child being bullied. Unfortunately, statistically, this is unlikely because it’s believed that around 70 percent of children get bullied at some point during their school life. Though, it’s fair to say that severity levels often differ dramatically. That said, it is important to understand how dangerous bullying can be. In this case, we’re not just talking about the effect it can have on school work.
Bullying can have psychological effects that will last will into adulthood and beyond. It’s quite common for kids to never forget the issues with bullying that they suffered from in school. It can lead to problems with confidence and even leave people feeling suicidal. Arguably 13 Reasons Why has recently shed a light on this issue.
Is there a right answer on how to deal with bullying in school? Sadly, no. You can talk to the parents of the child responsible, but they may well side with their child. You can talk to the teachers, but that could make the situation worse. Or, you can tell your child to fight back, and this can lead to them getting in trouble. The most important factor here is that your child has someone at home that they can talk to and rely on when they have a bad day. If they are getting bullied, it’s not going to fix the problem completely, but at least they’ll have a support system in place.
Crushes And Heartbreak
On a brighter note, perhaps your child is struggling to pay attention in class because they have a crush. This can be very distracting, for both boys and girls. Unfortunately, there’s no real way to deal with this one either. Although, it certainly helps if you have an open relationship with your child and ensure that they can share things with you. That way, they’ll be able to tell you that they like someone in their class and you can advise them on how to deal with it. Or, perhaps give them the courage to ask them out.
Games, sports, relationships and teen dramas. There’s a whole variety of issues that can draw a child’s attention away from their school work. Handling these problems is all about discipline. Make sure that you are encouraging your child to study and work for good grades. If they don’t do this, they will be in a poor situation as they reach the end of school and you want to avoid this. Kids don’t always recognize the importance of getting good grades.
Use this advice and you can help your children tackle some of the hurdles through their school career.