August 2015

Back to School Tips

The return of school can be filled with many emotions from excitement to anxiety to sadness and joy. Both children and parents can experience an increase in stress level related to the start of school for all of those reasons. Here are some tips to help prepare for the transition.

1.Parents should be aware of their own stress levels related to the start of school and how that might transfer to their children. Also, be aware that children are experiencing higher stress levels but might not be able to express their emotions.


2.Empathize with children about their fears-reassure them that it is normal to feel nervous about going back to school; even if it's the same school with the same peers. Consider role-play to practice how to reconnect with old friends. If your child is starting a new school, take a tour of the school, attempt to meet other children who will be at the new school, and practice morning routine (getting up, going to the new bus stop, etc.)


3. Re-establish bedtime routines at least 1 week before school starts; particularly if routines were largely changed over the summer.


4. Be aware that the first week or month of school will be filled with unknowns and plan for difficulty with the transition back to school. Provide them with increased reminders about where to put their backpacks, where to do their homework and when and help them structure their before and after school schedules. Provide more support in getting them started on tasks and praise them for compliance with requests frequently to help them get back into the school routine.

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 Save the Date

PCS is proud to sponsor The 6th annual Washburn Games ! The Washburn games is a family focused event to raise awareness and funds for children's mental health.  
Q - What do you get when you combine 20
different sports activities, local mascots, and a former World Cup Soccer Player?
A - a sports sampler supporting children's physical and mental health  

When: Sunday, September 27, 2015  

Bryn Mawr Meadows Minneapolis  
In This Issue
Provider Spotlight
Please help us welcome back Dr. O'Shea as she returns to PCS from maternity leave.

Services Provided
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • ADHD
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Behavioral problems
  • Depression
  • Trauma

To find out more about Dr. O'Shea, click here.

ADHD Workshop 
Back to School
September 14th

Who: Parents and Caregivers

What: Get answers to these questions and help your child be successful at home, in school, and in the community.
  • What is ADHD?
  • What are executive  functions?
  • Research-validated treatment and interventions
  • How to help at home and school
  • ADHD and Social Interactions
Monday 9/14
 6:00 - 7:30pm

Cost: $40/Family

Partners in Pediatrics
Maple Grove
12720 Bass Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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