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Signs Your Child Might Need Academic or Emotional Support: A Teacher’s Perspective

Updated: Dec 25, 2023

Hey, it's Eric again! If you don't know me yet, I'm a teacher and dad from Thornhill, Ontario, and spend my days teaching adolescents in the vibrant classrooms of Markham. Over the years, I've seen the many emotional and academic hurdles our children encounter. I've chatted with lots of parents in Thornhill/Vaughan and Markham. We all want the best for our kids. So, here are some signs your child might need a little extra academic or emotional support.


Academic Warning Signs


  • The Slippery Slope of Grades: Noticed a dip in grades? It's worth a closer look. These performance declines might be due to test anxiety or perhaps just difficulties with their homework.

  • When School Loses Its Charm: It's a red flag when your child starts showing disinterest in all things school. This reluctance could potentially be the onset of academic anxiety, signaling a need for therapy or counseling.

  • Playing Hooky a Bit Too Often: When your child starts missing school more frequently and without good reason, it might indicate they're facing some academic or emotional challenges. This could be a nudge towards seeking help from a psychologist or therapist at Young Sprouts Therapy in Thornhill/Vaughan.


Emotional Red Flags


  • When They Just Aren't Themselves Anymore: Big changes in behaviour? It's time to pay attention.

  • When Worry Casts a Long Shadow or Sadness Lingers: If your child seems trapped in a cycle of constant worry or lingering sadness, they might need a helping hand. Emotions like these are thoroughly examined by child and family therapists.

  • When Sleep or Appetite Goes Haywire: Be it insomnia, oversleeping, binge eating, or loss of appetite, drastic changes in these basic life rhythms are often alarm bells of emotional turmoil or anxiety. For more information on these red flags, visit The Canadian Pediatric Society.

A Teacher’s Two Cents


Our duty as educators extends beyond the chalkboard. We're often the first to notice when a child is struggling, emotionally or academically. We stand as a bridge, directing families towards invaluable resources like child psychotherapists, tutors, or other essential support systems.


Why the Need for a Pro?


Are any of these signs hauntingly familiar? Family therapy can be a game changer for helping with children's anxiety and academic success. The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association says so, too!


In Closing


Parenting's a team sport. Stepping in at the right time, whether for school or feelings, can really help our kids.


  • Stay Vigilant: Watch out for the signs discussed above.

  • Turn to the Pros: Spot something amiss? Maybe it's time to chat with a seasoned psychologist or therapist at Young Sprouts Therapy in Thornhill/Vaughan.

  • The Therapeutic Route: Therapy isn't taboo. It's a toolkit. It offers potent strategies to tackle academic and emotional challenges.

Need a Hand? Living in Thornhill, Markham, or Vaughan? Open to virtual therapy for your child or teen? We're here to guide you with tailored advice and therapeutic solutions. Don't hesitate to get in touch. You can book a free phone consult today!




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