07-23-2023 03:23 PM
07-23-2023 10:44 PM
Hi there @Sunshine73 ,
I'm sorry to hear that your son is struggling with attending school due to his anxiety. It is understandable that you are concerned about the social impacts of school refusal.
The transition from primary to high school can be anxiety-provoking for many young people. From your post, I read that your son's anxiety has lasted more than just a few weeks and you are doing what you can to help him return to school.
You are not alone. This story about a young person's school refusal may be helpful for you to read.
It is good to hear that you have raised this with the school and you are meeting with wellbeing soon.
Once the school and teachers are aware, they can put strategies in place to support your child. This may include regular breaks, using a take-a-break code card, allowing him to have a quiet space when he needs it, pairing him up with friends, or making regular check-ins with him.
There IS hope.
All the best. And we look forward to hearing how things go.
07-24-2023 02:26 PM - edited 07-24-2023 02:27 PM
I just had a read through your post and from what you have shared, it sounds like you are doing everything you can to support your son through this, and to get him all the support available. I can hear how hard you are trying to rally up as much support as possible for him with GP's, psychologists and school supports which can be challenging in itself. It is clear how much he means to you and how hard you are trying to help and support him through this and he is very lucky to have such a special and supportive mum.
It sounds like it has been a pretty challenging time for you both to navigate through and it is great to hear that you were able to book a psychologist appointment for him. It is understandable how concerned you must be and how difficult it must be for you to be managing whilst also managing working full time. It is a lot to be dealing with and I was wondering what your supports looked like and whether you have any support, or have been able to speak to anyone about this like a friend, family member, GP or mental health professional? It is just as important that you are also receiving all the support available to you and you don't have to deal with this alone.
I wanted to let you know that we have a free and confidential parent service where you can speak to someone one on one for some more support if you are interested. We have some more information about it and how you can book a session here
How are you feeling today and about the upcoming psychologist appointment?
Remember that we are all here to listen and support you as best as we can and that you aren't alone. Take care and we hope to hear back from you soon!
07-25-2023 07:25 AM
07-25-2023 03:15 PM
Just wanted to chime in to say how difficult of an experience it must be to see your son struggling with school and wanting him back to his normal happy self. Being anxious about not knowing whether he will go to appointments is completely valid. Have you found any strategies that help? And have you been able to talk to anyone about your own anxiety? It's important to have support for yourself too.
It must be incredibly difficult when friends don't understand the extent of your son's struggles and that you can't speak to your entire family about it. It's great to see that you have reached out for other supports, but not having a network that understands is difficult at the best of times. Even through this, you aren't alone in your struggles. Have you been able to connect with any other parents about what you're going through?
I wanted to flag this website to you. They have a Facebook group for Australian parents and carers of children and teens with school refusal. It might be helpful to connect and hear other parents' stories in one big community.
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