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Back to school anxiety

By: Julia Martin Burch, PhD, Contributor Heading back to school sparks an upswing in anxiety for many children. The average childís school day is packed with potential stressors: separating from parents, meeting academic expectations, managing peer groups, and navigating loud, crowded school hallways and cafeteria, to name just a few of many challenges. Thatís why itís typical for children to experience some anticipatory anxiety leading up to the new school year ó and for…

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