Easing the transition to middle school

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Easing the transition to middle school

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The best way to transition your child from elementary to middle school is to recognize as a parent that in your child's school career there are two big emotional leaps and that will be kindergarten and middle school. It's not going to high school and it's not going to college. Middle school is a tremendous leap for you as a family, so the best way to prepare is to visit the school. If there are lockers, surprisingly enough, locker phobia is very common and if there are locks that go on the lockers have them at home and practice. Get as much of the visual map of the school as you can explaining the change in classes. Bring in stories from your own childhood of what that transition to middle school was like. Use humor, so that you set up the expectation that yes this is a big leap.

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Fay Van Der Kar-Levinson, PhD

Psychologist

For more than 30 years, Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson has helped parents to navigate the maze known as parenting. She acts as both a guide and a resource for parents as they deal with the joys and challenges of raising children.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson’s passion is to help parents to help their children thrive at each stage of development. She works to identify each child’s unique temperament and learning style in order to create and implement effective behavior strategies. Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson is an expert at helping families deal with life changes such as birth of siblings, changing schools, divorce, and death.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson also guides parents through the process of determining the best school for their children, and has co-authored two books on that topic, Choosing the Right School for Your Child and Secrets to School Success.   

For the past three decades Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson has lectured and consulted at private as well as public schools. She has served as an adjunct professor at both the University of California at Los Angeles and Pepperdine University.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson earned her PhD and MA at the University of California at Los Angeles where she studied and trained with some of the nation’s top researchers and clinicians in the fields of child development and clinical psychology. She is a lifetime member of the American Psychological Association.

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