How To Help Your Child With Back-To-School Anxiety, COVID Edition

by Avi-Natan Zakada, LGSW, Lead Counselor of JFS PEARLS Program In a ‘normal’ summer, children are frolicking out by the creek, sending postcards from camp, or screaming with excitement at Valleyfair. Adults are planning vacations, getting together with family and friends, and enjoying play dates with their young children. As the summer comes to an […]

Helping Your Child with Back-To-School Anxiety

By Mitchell Wittenberg, Ph.D., LP, JFS Counseling Director The beginning of a new school year can leave many children and adolescents riddled with anxiety. While some can articulate their fears, many others express their anxiety with clinginess, temper tantrums, irritability, negativity, headaches or stomach aches, regressive behavior (baby talk, thumb-sucking), withdrawal, nightmares, or trouble sleeping. […]