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Available Expert - Back to School: Helping children through major transitions

Monday, August 29, 2016

Queen’s University psychologist Rina Gupta is available to comment on steps parents can take to help children through major back-to-school transitions.

“Whether your child is about to start kindergarten, middle-school, or high school for the first time, it is perfectly normal for many to be experiencing significant apprehension and/or anxiety," says Dr. Gupta. "In general, we all fear the “unknown”, but for children who rely on familiarity and routine to get through their day, there is an added element insecurity when facing novel situations and big changes.”

Dr. Gupta is the associate director of the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre at Queen's University. Her expertise is in child and adolescent psychology, parenting, addictions and high-risk behaviours.

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