DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Some North Texas students are preparing for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test and experts say it can be stressful.
Ronin Valdez, nine, said he was having trouble sleeping. “I feel like I’m being put under a lot of pressure,” he said.
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Valdez is in his third year preparing to take his first STAAR test and he is feeling anxious. “Stressed, worried, a little sad,” he explained.
His mother Aubrey Atkins says he is in doubt.
“To think he thought he was stupid… It’s silly to have to tell your kid doing As’s that you’re a smart kid,” she said.
A pediatric child health psychologist and UT Southwestern, Dr. Nicholas Westers says it’s important for children to know that anxiety is normal and even healthy.
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“It is normal for your child to be anxious. Let them be anxious and help them get through this, ”he said. “The goal isn’t necessarily to take this anxiety out of kids – whether it’s because of the tests or something else – the goal is to help manage this stress. Manage anxiety.
Dr. Westers suggests using guided imagery to prepare for stressful events.
“Sit with them, take a deep breath, breathe in through their nose, breathe out through their mouth… Help them relax and imagine that they are functioning well,” he said.
Too much anxiety, however, can cause problems.
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“When you have nausea, vomit, complain of headaches or illness or refuse to go to school, it’s a whole other level of problem,” he said. stated, advising to consult a mental health professional.