Expert of the Day: Middle School Anxiety

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Does the thought of sending your child off to middle school make you anxious? If so, you're certainly not alone. Many adults have middle school memories of social awkwardness, hormonal upheaval, and the added pressure of more responsibilities with a growing need for more independence.

Now think of your child experiencing these same anxieties! Whether your child is transitioning into middle school or junior high, these easy, practical tips can ease the adjustment.

Things to do now:
Help your child prepare. Take advantage of summer transition courses, band and athletic camps, school tours, open houses,
Help your child master a lock. This may not seem like a big deal, but one of the biggest sources of anxiety for middle school kids is the fear of being unable to get into their locker.

Revisit the subject of bullying. Bullying tends to peak in the sixth grade, so this is the perfect time for a refresher course. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly a third of all middle and high school students reported being bullied at school in 2007.

Get your child tested. Cognitive skills testing is one of the most important assessments any child can take, especially if that child struggles in school or with attention, memory, processing speed, or other underlying mental skills. A cognitive skills assessment can pinpoint weak skills, which studies show are responsible for up to 88 percent of learning struggles. If a test identifies one or more weak skills, cognitive training at LearningRx can target and train those skills.