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Nine signs children may need an eye exam

Medical X-Press – Jessica Martindale

Back-to-school shopping lists might include school supplies, new clothes, and even a haircut, but does it include an eye exam? Physicians in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology think it should. “More often than not, vision problems go unnoticed until children begin school,” said Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Marcela Frazier, O.D.. “Children grow up naturally adapting to vision issues, so when they get into school and start reading and learning, that is when parents and teachers begin to notice certain problems.'”(more)

Back to school, back to planning for kids with autism, ADHD

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The start of a new school year isn’t always easy, especially for kids with developmental and behavioral issues, such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Parents of these children may also have concerns about what lies ahead for their youngsters. But keeping a positive outlook is important for a smooth transition, according to Dr. Anson Koshy.”(more)

Back-to-school anxiety? Here are seven simple solutions

Medical X-Press – Michael Lee Zwiers

“School start-up is just around the corner. For most children and adolescents, September is an exciting time of year, with its promise of new friends, new clothes, new teachers and new things to learn and experience. Given all the changes and unknowns that come with starting a new school year, it is not surprising that children might also experience anxiety. Sometimes it might become intense, or persist longer than is healthy.”(more)

How to save big on your back-to-school shopping

USA Today – Hannah Rounds

“Back-to-school season generally starts around two months before the beginning of school—so if you haven’t started yet, you’re already behind. What once required a few Dixon Ticonderoga pencils and a notebook now requires carts full of supplies. In 2016, the National Retail Federation estimated that families with children in grades K–12 would spend an average of $673 on clothes, accessories, school supplies, electronics, and shoes during the back-to-school season. Based on robust wage growth, I expect that number to increase for 2017.”(more)

How To Counter Back-To-School Anxiety

NPR – Elissa Nadworny

“The start of the school year can be rough on some kids. It’s a big shift from summer’s freedom and lack of structure to the measured routines of school. And sometimes that can build up into tears, losing sleep, outbursts and other classic signs of anxiety. “Going back to school is a transition for everyone,” says Lynn Bufka, a practicing psychologist who also works at the American Psychological Association. “No matter the age of the child, or if they’ve been to school before.” In the vast majority of cases, this is pretty standard stuff. It doesn’t mean it’s not painful — for you and your kids.”(more)

Back to school: How to avoid overscheduling your kid

USA Today – Kelly-Jane Cotter

“So you’ve agreed to let your child play hockey, run cross-country, join the swim team, learn piano, star in the school play, take voice lessons, join robotics club, take SAT prep, volunteer at the food pantry, volunteer at the animal shelter, work part-time, keep up with National Honor Society and continue in Scouting. Too much? Yeah, probably.”(more)