For some kids, school is filled with stress

11:41 AM, Aug 30, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Now that kids have returned to school, so have anxiety issues the bother some of them.

There are worries over everything from taking tests to speaking in front of the class, and more.

The anxieties they face are real and could get in the way of learning.

Roxinne Marsh is the mom of three sons and knows there are times when her children experience school-related stress.

For her oldest son, it's anxiety over doing math.

But with her first grader, Zion, it's something else.

"His main anxiety is reading," said Marsh. "He has a stuttering issue. So we have to focus slowly on him being calm and get his words out properly without having fear of being rushed. That's his anxiety right now."

A new University of Chicago study in this month's Parents Magazine shows that knowing the right way to handle stress in the classroom can make the difference between success and failure for students.

For instance, the study confirms that a child's math anxiety is fear or apprehension that can happen when just thinking about taking a math test.

The body actually produces a hormone related to stress issues in the body.

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