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At any age level, the transition back into the school year can be a stressful time for both students and the adults that support them. With the school year beginning yesterday for the Chariho district, licensed psychologist and nationally syndicated parent and child coach Dr. Kate Roberts, Ph.D., offered The Chariho Times readers a few tips to make sure the transition back to school goes smoothly.
Roberts, who completed her doctorate at URI in 1992 and now owns her own private practice in Massachusetts, began by explaining the different experiences that families face depending on the age of the student going back to school.
â€śParents have to look at their childrenâ€™s developmental needs,â€ť said Roberts. â€śSome of the biggest transitions are going to be happening between kindergarten and first grade. The days are longer and the expectations are so much greater. Thatâ€™s going to be an adjustment. Between the different schools, too - between elementary school and middle school, the focus there is really on getting the child to be more independent and self-sufficient. On the way into high school, itâ€™s a lot of peer pressure.â€ť
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