Do you suspect your child’s having problems in school? Whether your kid attends a private or public school, it often doesn’t matter. As you know, childhood is difficult: hormones are changing, new social pressures arise, and social media poses new problems we haven’t altogether confronted.
If you believe your child is struggling in school, you’ll need to keep a careful watch. Read our five warning signs of school problems, courtesy of NeuroHealth in Arlington Heights, IL.
1. Talking About School Becomes Off Limits
If your child has always talked about what’s going on in school and then stops doing so, something could be wrong. They could be spending too much time on their tablets as a way to escape. This may just add to the problem.
Your child may have school problems if they’re simply bored. Boredom may stem from an inability to understand a subject. If your child is precocious or gifted, they may be bored by the lack of challenging material. Boredom can be a particular problem for kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, best known as ADHD.
2. Teachers Voice Concerns
It can be very easy to dismiss any concerns teachers raise about your child. After all, you know them best—right? The way forward is to engage with the teacher and work together as a team—the teacher, your child, and you.
Teachers may well be spending more time with your child on a weekday than you are. They may see things that you don’t; it’s important to be open to the issues your child’s teacher raises. Misbehavior could be a cry for help.
3. Too Much Time Spent on Homework
Bear in mind that some teachers will give out more homework than others. It’s important that you have a general idea about how much homework your child is normally given on any particular day.
If you notice a pattern of excessive time spent on homework, your child may be encountering school problems. This might be a sign for more help. Check in on your child. They may be spending longer on a subject to master it.
4. Changes in Friends or Activities
It could be that your child has suddenly stopped pursuing an activity you know they used to enjoy. Have they also started hanging out with a new set of friends? Such a big change could also mean something is amiss at school and needs sorting out.
This could also be accompanied by lower grades. If you’re a busy parent it can be easy to simply put this down to your child not understanding the benefits of education. However, it could mean that your child is struggling a bit.
5. Problems with Sleeping and Eating
Children are often anxious to please and may feel they’re letting you down if they’re slipping behind.
What to Do If Your Child’s Struggling in School
If you believe your child’s having problems in school, don’t get overwhelmed. The reasons are varied and the signs are different. The best bet is to keep an open dialogue with your child at all times. That way, you’ll always have the opportunity to step in, help, and encourage. You’ll be well on your way to help your child succeed in school and thrive outside of it.
Contact NeuroHealth Arlington Heights for Consultation
Even if your child is college-bound or is in college already, they may be struggling still. At NeuroHealth, we’ll provide expert consultation for your child, no matter the age. If you have any questions or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, please contact our Chicagoland facility. We’re happy to assist you and your family.