Lately, you’ve been concerned about your child’s academic performance. Maybe your child used to consistently bring home good grades, but recently, their grades have been noticeably slipping. Perhaps your child has always struggled a bit in school, and you had hoped that as they got older, they would learn to stick to better study habits.

Yet as they move up in elementary school, it has become obvious that this problem won’t resolve itself with time. Alternatively, your child might be going through a tough time, and it’s reflected in their report card. You don’t want to be overbearing, but you’ve decided that it’s time to intervene.

If your child is having trouble in school, there are plenty of things you can do to support them. Here’s how to approach this challenge in a holistic manner and address the roots of your child’s academic troubles.

Identify the Specific Academic Problems

First, it’s important to take a step back and determine the specific academic problems that your child is dealing with. Are they doing fine in a couple of subjects but falling behind in others? If so, they may just need tutoring and extra support from their teacher in one or two areas.

However, if they’re not doing well in any subject, you may need to work with multiple teachers and the school guidance counselor or an outside therapist to instill better habits, assess whether or not your child may have a learning disability, and address personal issues that may be holding your child back in school.

Consider Different Contributing Factors

Once you’ve honed in on your child’s specific problem areas, it’s time to consider where these problems might stem from. Your child might be struggling because of transitions in their home life, like moving or divorce. It may be appropriate to have your child evaluated for a learning disability, a mental health condition, autism, or ADHD.

Additionally, your child might be dealing with bullying at school, which could easily cause them to struggle in the classroom. No matter the issue, it’s critical to get to the bottom of it in order to effectively support your child.

Talk to Your Child Directly

Maybe you can pinpoint exactly when your child’s grades started slipping and know exactly which obstacles they were dealing with at the time, making it easy to figure out the root cause. However, it never hurts to talk to your child and ask about how school is going. The details they share can give you important context into their academic struggles.

Get in Touch with Their Teachers

In addition to talking openly with your child about everything going on in school to get their perspective, it’s crucial to reach out to your child’s teachers. They will be able to provide you with insights on your child’s academic performance, share their concerns, and even discuss possible behavioral issues that might be contributing to your child’s setbacks.

If your child has multiple teachers, make sure to get in touch with each of them. Your child might be behaving well and doing fine in classes that interest them, yet falling behind in others.

Connect with a Child Therapist

When children are having trouble in school, there are often emotional factors or mental health conditions that exacerbate the problem. If you suspect that your child may be neurodivergent, or that they have a learning disability, working with the right therapist is key. A therapist can also help your child heal from depression or anxiety.

Is your child struggling academically? A therapist can help them overcome these challenges. Reach out to us to learn more about our therapy services for children.



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