The back-to-school blues

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) Expectations and schedules move into high gear as students head back to school next month. Parents can make this transition smoother and more successful for students by leading the way with manageable routines, good communication, healthy sleep and an understanding of the individuality and potential of the human brain. Dr. Timothy Royer, from Neurocore, talked with eightWest about how parents can help.

Manageable Routines and Good Communication

  • Routines guide our priorities.
  • Now’s the time to get back on a school-focused sleep schedule and meal schedule for healthy sleep and good nutrition.
  • Additionally, parents can prepare students by having the necessary resources and supplies for success at school.
  • Open lines of communication should be part of the routine between parents and their children, allowing students to discuss their expectations and potential anxieties about the school year to come and making adjustments in schedules and/or behaviors for more successful outcomes.

Healthy Sleep

  • A healthy amount of sleep for elementary-aged children is 10 to 11 hours of sleep.
  • Continue to emphasize need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
  • Make your child’s bedroom conducive to sleep–dark, cool and quiet.
  • Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom.
  • Limit caffeine.

Individuality and Potential of the Brain

  • No two brains are alike and each individual has unique strengths and challenges with success at school or work.
  • Neurocore offers EEG-based diagnostic testing to map out an individual’s brain wave activity, illustrating behavioral health patterns associated with sleep disorders, ADHD and anxiety.
  • Our initial assessment is used to provide a diagnosis useful for academic and health care decision making like individualized education plans and behavioral health treatment without medication.
  • In network with BCBSM and BCN and offer free insurance consultations.

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