At Newton North High School in Newton, MA the administration now recommends that students take no more than three AP or honors classes a year. This is to protect students from overdoing it and burning out.
BULLYING – If your child is the victim of bullying or harassment, staying out of school appears to be better. Who would want to be in a constant situation of feeling unsafe and fearing for your life every day?
Students with Asperger’s or autism commonly experience anxiety. They can be overwhelmed by the world around them. Many have sensory problems in which they feel, hear, and see more sharply. For example a doorbell might sound like a cannon and a clothing label may feel like a porcupine. This can easily lead to stress.
Slowing down, limiting stimuli, and training to better handle sensory stimulation can make a big difference for people with these challenges research suggests. In future Y3K Tutor In Your Home Blog posts, we will offer advice on how to limit stimuli at home by creating a calming environment and how to better deal with situations traditionally over-stimulating such as at a theater. If you have suggestions of what did or did not work for your child, please share with us so that we may post to help thousands of parent readers.
Many students feel the stress of peer pressure and fear of repercussions by the teacher when not wanting to dissect animals in biology classes. These students find cutting up animals to be morally objectionable, yet feel forced to do so. In fact this moral dilemma can cause grades to go way down. Some people do not realize that even though each year, 10 million animals (including frogs, cats, and fetal pigs) are killed and then cut up in classrooms across the country, humane alternatives do exist. Studies have shown that students who use alternatives to dissection perform just as well as, if not better than students who cut up animals. In most states students have the right to refuse to dissect animals if they choose and most do not even realize it. The reality is your student does not have to dissect animals if they do not want to and it is the school’s responsibility to find alternatives for each student.
Stress balls are great for calming a student and allowing them to re-focus.
Some feel pressure to excel at all costs. Outbursts, irritability, fighting, head/stomach aches & insomnia may mean anxiety. Be supportive!