Wednesday mornings are usually a little more chaotic in Mariam’s life. Wednesdays bring with them an additional ‘chore’ of sending her 12-year-old daughter Zara to school on her weekly class test day! Zara, an otherwise cheerful, active, and intelligent preteen was used to being the teacher’s pet thanks to her consistent all rounded performance in school. Middle school brought many changes in Zara’s life; the foremost being section shuffling. She unwillingly ended up with a completely new group of children. Away from her old classmates and comfort zone she realized soon after that there were many more students in class who were all-rounders just like herself. The teachers seemed to be giving other students more attention than her. She also saw others doing better than herself in some subjects. All this left Zara extremely restless and anxious. She became withdrawn and reserved. She refused to come out of her room at home and would even avoid play time in the evenings. She would look for reasons to skip school, particularly on Wednesdays just to avoid her weekly tests for fear of underperforming. Over time her health and appetite started getting affected too, leaving her mother extremely disturbed.
Sometimes, children experience fear and anxiety due to unknown persons, difficult conditions, and even new scenarios. For students of all ages, test anxiety, or the fear of taking tests, is a typical source of distress. The symptoms can include anything from headaches, sobbing, and vomiting to trouble breathing, excessive perspiration, and a lack of desire to attend school
Children that experience anxiety feel uneasy and are distracted from their learning, as it interferes with other cognitive functions. The amygdala, often known as the “fear center” of the brain, has been the subject of much research, and it has been discovered that children who experience high levels of anxiety have a larger amygdala than children who experience low levels of worry. According to the researchers, this area of the brain is more connected to other parts of the brain that are involved in control, perception, and attention. Which is why anxiety affects these areas more.
The good news is that the brain is capable of self-rewiring! The nerve cells in the brain can change and modify their activities. Parents can assist in easing their children’s anxieties by introducing them to the fascinating world of brain training, which can not only be a ton of fun but also go a long way in helping them develop stronger cognitive skills by forming new neural pathways permanently, leading to success in school and life.
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