In many ways, September is the beginning of the year for families with growing children. While most parents look forward to seeing their children go back to school, some children find the transition to a more structured school environment difficult. Behaviours may become a problem: kids may act up, question homework, earlier bedtimes, and morning routines. While these are normal family challenges, they are often multiplied when kids have learning and mood problems such as ADHD, autism, anxiety, or sensory processing issues. For these families, the start of school year can bring meltdowns, moody, and/or anxious behaviours from their kids, and negative communications from teachers and school administration. It often seems to come to a head around the first parent-teacher interviews at the beginning of October.
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