Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen Staff Physician Says Routine is Key to Successful School Year

ALLEN, Texas — The school supplies are bought, the backpacks are packed, and the first weeks of school are done. Now all that’s left is getting back in the groove of school. Going back to school can be tough for parents who must alter what has likely been a relaxed summertime schedule to fit a new school year routine.

“Some children exhibit anxiety about starting a new school year,” said Kara Starnes, D.O., a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. “It’s important to recognize it and help them cope by using positive strategies and a daily structure. The degree of adjustment depends on the child, but parents can help their children manage the increased pace of life by planning ahead, being realistic and maintaining a positive attitude.”

The National Association of School Psychologists recommends these tips to help children make the transition:

  • Remind the child that most students probably are a bit uneasy about the first day of school. Children pick up on their parent’s signals, so model optimism and confidence for your child.
  • Set a household rule that the TV stays off while completing homework.
  • Re-establish the bedtime and meal-time routines at least one week before school starts.
  • Put school-age children in charge of setting their own alarm clocks and getting up without prompting. Praise them for prompt response to morning schedules and bus pickups.
  • Select a spot to keep backpacks and lunch boxes. Also, designate a place to put important notices and information sent home for you to see.

To learn more, visit nasponline.org. For more information on the hospital’s services, visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 62-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 425 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.