My question is about calming children who are struggling socially in school. My six year old grandson has just moved into a new school where the children are in a 50/50 program of Spanish and English. He is fine with the language challenge but the children in the program have been together since kindergarten so he is having trouble making friends. The issue is causing very defiant behavior at home (he has never exhibited this behavior before). What cognitive, nutritional, herbal or aromatherapy treatments would you suggest to help him deal with this emotional upheaval?


I think the first cornerstone to helping your grandson manage stress and anxiety in school is communication. Transitioning to a new school is enormously stressful and having open, honest communication with him about these challenges can help him work through them. Perhaps inviting one child over for a playdate or organizing a group event after or outside of school to provide an opportunity for him to interact more socially with the new children would be helpful. As far as nutritional support, assuming he does not have any food allergies or sensitivities, which can manifest in behavioral issues, making sure the diet is filled with whole, natural foods and avoiding too much sugar and artificial ingredients can be important. Be sure he is not eating differently in his new school or consuming processed foods which may be linked to acting out. There are a number of homeopathic remedies and essential oils that might come in handy, as well as the Bach flower essence, Rescue Remedy, which can do wonders for naturally reducing stress and anxiety.

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