We are fortunate to live in an area where my boys have access to a great public school.  Since my husband and I have made the choice for them to attend a public school, we knew going in that standardized testing would be part of our boys’ curriculum.

My youngest won’t be tested until next year, while my older son is currently in the process of taking his second round of yearly standardized tests.  I try to keep an open dialogue going with him throughout the year so he can voice his concerns and I can offer support to help ease his anxiety.  For the most part, he seems to fare pretty well except for being a little more cranky on testing days.  For his brother’s safety, I try to keep the boys apart on these particular mornings.

There isn’t much about the testing process we, as parents, can control.  I try to focus on tangible ways at home that may be helpful in getting my son ready for testing.  The easiest things I do are making sure he gets enough sleep and has a good breakfast.  Having him hang out with our dogs on or before a testing day has a calming and positive effect as well.  My son concluded walking to school on test days is helpful because it releases some of his nervous energy.  Since walking was his idea, it empowers him to be proactive in figuring out how to deal with the realities of test anxiety.   Listening to our children and incorporating their thoughts and ideas about challenging situations builds their confidence.

However, if you’ve tried everything and feel like your child is still struggling or you have concerns about their particular level of test anxiety, it is important to reach out.  That’s where Riverview Counseling can help you. They offer comprehensive diagnostics to address your child’s emotional, behavioral and educational needs.

To learn more about how Riverview Counseling can help you and your child, please call Cheryl Denz, MA, LCPC at 630/587-3777 x103 or email for a free behavioral consult.  This confidential phone consultation is 15 minutes in length and you will learn if further action is required.  Riverview Counseling Services will provide you with the necessary resources and support to help get your child back on track.

Written by Diana DeVaul, MSW and Parent