When my daughter Caitlin was getting ready to make the transition from middle school to high school, she was very apprehensive despite the fact that all of her friends were going too.
Any time you make the transition from a familiar place to a new one, it can be hard, especially if you have ADHD.
People with ADHD may have anxiety or social anxiety, often have weak social skills, and may fear the unknown. Rather than looking forward with anticipation, they may be dreading what is to come.
One good way to help make the transition smoother and less frightening is to turn the unfamiliar into the familiar.
Take advantage of the summer months now to let your child get used to the new school while hardly anyone but staff may be around.
Sign your child up for a fall sport or activity. Generally those groups meet during the last part of the summer to get ready for the fall. Signing your child up for football, cheerleading, band or some other fall activity allows them to not only get to know the school environment but to make new friends too.
Be sure to talk to your child, too, about their concerns and fears. Be sure to share your own experiences when you were their age.
Finally, think about scheduling a one last summer – back to school party for your child and some friends. This will be a relaxing way for everyone to get together and talk about the new experiences to come. Consider inviting the parents, too. All of you are valuable resources for one another.