It can sometimes be difficult to transition from the lazy, unstructured days of summer to the more rigorous schedule of school, but Sarah Allen, PhD, a neuropsychologist at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, says that there are a number of things parents can do to help their children “warm up” their brains in preparation to go back to school, including: creating a mental path for learning new information; screening for negative thinking or anxiety; and even beautifying the child’s workspace.

Dr. Allen can also discuss how a child’s brain can grow over the summer, and how to guide that growth during the academic year.

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