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Tackling end-of-the-school-year test anxiety

It's one test after another this time of the year. A CHKD pediatrician has tips on handling test anxiety.

NORFOLK, Va. — Test anxiety is a common problem for kids of all ages according to Dr. Melissa Horton, a pediatrician at CHKD. 

She recommends parents play an active role in helping their children cope with the Standard of Learning tests, AP or final exams.

"In the long term of things, if parents are staying up on what their kids are studying and helping them with study tips throughout the school year, that can be helpful," she said.

Horton outlines five key strategies to reduce anxiety in a CHKD blog. They are to make sure your child gets enough sleep, help your child prepare for an exam, feed your child a healthy breakfast on test day, go over test taking strategies and seek special accommodations if necessary.

If the stress levels don't improve, Horton says talk to your child's pediatrician.