Back-to-School Resources for Families and Educators

For families and educators alike, the transition into this school year comes with new challenges. Going “back to school” might mean attending in person with lots of distancing, soldiering through another round of remote learning, or some of both.

No matter your situation, we’re here with practical tools and expert advice to help you make the best of going back to school during the coronavirus crisis. If your child needs specialized help, learn about clinical care at the Child Mind Institute here.

Access our printable tip sheet to set priorities this school year. Remember, you don’t have to do it all!

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Going back to school during COVID:

Back-to-School Anxiety During COVID
Helping kids manage fears and gain independence.

Modifying an IEP or 504 for Distance or Hybrid Learning
How to help kids get essential school supports.

How to Set Priorities This School Year
What to do when you can’t do it all.

Preparing for Back-to-School Success
Setting kids up to thrive, despite the uncertainties.

Questions That Parents of English Language Learners Should Ask Schools This Fall
How to make sure your child gets what they need.

Managing Your Own Anxiety During School Reopening
Strategies to help you stay calm.

Tips for Partnering With Teachers in the New School Year
How to set up effective lines of communication.

Supporting Students’ Mental Health During COVID
Strategies for teachers during remote or hybrid learning.

Managing Students’ Behavior During Remote or Hybrid Learning
Tips for teachers in an uncertain time.

5 Reasons Students Aren’t Engaging in Distance Learning
How teachers can support students from afar.

How to Begin Positive Relationships With Families
Eight tips for educators to try.

Building Positive Relationships With Students: What Brain Science Says
Strategies for fostering strong teacher-student bonds.

For parents:

Strategies for Supporting Learning at Home
Guidelines and strategies from our experts to help families support children of any age with remote learning.

Back-to-School Tips for Kids Who Are Struggling
How resetting expectations and planning ahead can help children with learning challenges.

How to Help Kids Who Are Too Hard on Themselves
Bolstering self-critical children who tend to talk themselves down.

Anxious Stomach Aches and Headaches
Physical symptoms are often the way children experience anxiety.

Helping Kids Get a Good Start in College
Now is no time to give up meds and “go it alone.”

How to Help Kids Talk About Learning Disabilities
Sometimes opening up about learning differently is hard, but with practice, the rewards can be huge.

How to Help Kids With Math Anxiety
Give children the tools to face math with confidence.

School Success Kit for Kids With Sensory Processing Issues
Tools and strategies to help kids stay comfortable and focused.

School Success Kit for Kids With ADHD
Helping kids manage time, stay focused and handle homework.

How to Help Kids With Working Memory Issues
Supportive strategies for student success.

Learning Disability Diagnosis and English Language Learners
How parents can help kids get the right support.

Helping Kids Who Struggle With Executive Functions
Advice from learning specialists on how to build organizational skills.

For young adults:

Tips for Getting a Good Start in High School
Strong study habits make all the difference.

How to Help Yourself Get Organized
Realistic tips for young people, from someone who’s been there.

For educators:

Tips for Recognizing Learning Disorders in the Classroom
Characteristics of learning disabilities that can hide in plain sight.

How Trauma Affects Kids in School
Signs of trauma, and tips for helping kids who’ve been traumatized.

Anxiety in the Classroom 
What it looks like, and why it’s often mistaken for something else.

What Does OCD Look Like in the Classroom 
How to recognize the signs that a child is struggling.

What’s ADHD (and What’s Not) in the Classroom
Signs that a child might have ADHD, and other problems that may be confused with it.