How Stress Affects the Brain and Hampers LearningKids today are under so much more stress than the previous two generations, and it often shows up in difficulties at school. Oftentimes when the brain is stuck in a stress response, it is very difficult for the child to get out of it.

The following infographic shows how the amygdala gets highjacked, or stuck in fight or flight mode. When we are in this mode, the frontal cortex basically shuts off, making it difficult to think clearly. Children with learning disabilities often struggle with stress at school. The reaction of the brain makes it very difficult to learn or do schoolwork.

If your child is experiencing stress at school, it is really important to find ways to calm down the brain. This could include mindfulness, grounding, meditation, exercises or even funny movies. Finding ways to de-stress every day will help make school easier for your child who is overwhelmed.

Bonnie Landau
Bonnie Landau
Bonnie Landau is a special education advocate and educational consultant in Ventura County, California. Her goal is to help parents find strategies and solutions to help their children succeed in school and in life. Bonnie is the author of Special Ed Mom Survival Guide: How to Prevail in the Special Education Process and Find Life-long Strategies for You and Your Child.