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When August comes around, it marks back to school time for children in the Greater Houston area. It's not uncommon for back to school excitement to be accompanied by anxiety or stress about new teachers, new classmates or increased workloads. Children who are entering new schools or making the move to middle school or high school may feel even more overwhelmed than usual. As a parent, you want the best for your child, so give them a head start by helping them get prepared mentally for the coming year.

  • Help your child get excited about the new school year. When they see your excitement, it helps them feel reassured.
  • Visit your child's school and help them get acquainted with where they'll find things like their classes, the gym and the lunchroom.
  • It's normal for children to feel nervous about the first day of school. Be supportive and talk with them about how they are feeling.
  • Stay engaged. When your child comes home each day, ask about their day. Learn about what they are doing, their teachers and their friends.
  • Encourage your child to get involved in school activities. Anxiety and stress about starting school is normal for a child and usually passes within the first few days or weeks. If behaviors seem to last longer than usual and you are concerned, it may be time to seek professional help.

Recognized as a leader in the field of children's mental health, DePelchin supports children and families struggling with behavioral or emotional issues. To learn more about the mental health services offered at DePelchin Children's Center, visit depelchin.org


Parents know when something is troubling their child. The warning signs are often clear: problems at school, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, withdrawal from friends and family. To be sure, changes in a child's behavior are normal and a natural part of growing up. When the changes persist, however -- or seem to worsen -- it may be time to seek help. If you suspect your child is struggling with a mental health issue, don't wait. Turn to DePelchin Children's Center for help.

DePelchin believes that a child's mental health is just as important as his or her physical health. Through our expert team of psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors, we provide comprehensive care for a broad range of concerns, including ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and trauma. Learn more about Depelchin's mental health services.





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