As the end of summer approaches, some students with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder begin to dread the first day of school. They become anxious and worried without being able to pinpoint the reason. They get headaches or stomach aches at the mere thought of walking in the school door. They pass sleepless nights and can even get nauseous.

ADHD anxiety is a real issue for these students. Preparing these students for the transition can help lessen the stress involved.

1. School Supplies
Once you receive the official school supplies list, share it with your ADHD child. Share your school supply budget with your child and then go shopping together. Allow children to pick out the items on the list while keeping the budget in mind. Getting excited about new folders or notebooks can help children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder prepare themselves for the upcoming transition and be excited about a part of it.

2. Routines
Abrupt changes in routines can be stressful for kids who suffer from ADHD anxiety. The summer time schedule often includes later nights and more flexibility. As the first day of school draws near, it helps to ease children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder back into the school routine. About a week before school, move bedtimes closer to school night times. Begin to wake children up in the morning to help them slowly get back in the swing of things.

3. Dealing with the Unknown
The unknown makes many people nervous. For some children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, not knowing their teacher, never having seen their new classroom and the unknown schedule can become overwhelming.

Try to set up a time before school to make a five minute visit to the new classroom. Teachers are busy getting everything ready for the new school year. However, most teachers welcome the opportunity to meet a new student and minimize some of the ADHD anxiety.

Encourage children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder to write the teacher a letter telling her important facts about themselves and asking any questions that make them nervous.

Ask for a copy of the schedule so that to give the student a chance to become familiar with it. Just the ability to anticipate activities helps alleviate some of the ADHD anxiety.

Talk to children about an experience you had that made you nervous. Share how you dealt with that.

4. The Night Before
When that night arrives, help children with ADHD anxiety be physically ready by eating well and getting to sleep on time. Try planning a breakfast they love and pack a snack and a lunch that are special. Let them choose their favorite clothes and set them out. Often wearing an item with a positive association can help. By touching something like a necklace, watch or ring received by someone dear, the positive association can push out the worry.

5. The First Day of School
Go over the schedule and plan for pick up. Remind children that they are loved no matter what. Give them a big hug and wish them a great first day of school.

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