Hi Holden It took quite some time to get to an assessment stage. First stage (after 1 1/2 years of school refusal, avoiding friends) was the GP and medication as her depression and anxiety made it impossible to cope with anything outside of home. Then a psychologist who specialises in anxiety issues who referred her to a psychologist who does assessments. None of this was easy. I had to push abit, tears, anger, fear. I attended every appointment with her and often had to speak for her until she was able to talk a little herself. It was so great to see her slowly contacting some friends again and over the Christmas holidays making up an exercise program for herself and a timetable for when she went back to school. Being more independent. I'm really sorry to tell you this but after one month of school, which started so well, I think we have to accept school does not work for our beautiful, creative, sensitive daughter. She is thinking of other avenues to try which is very encouraging.
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My now 16 year old daughter has very similar problems. I tried communicating for over 2 years with her school but by the time they realised she was struggling and agreed to put in place some strategies she had lost all confidence and now has a phobia about assignments, social phobia and depression. She refuses to talk to psychologists and is so ashamed and embarrassed to let anyone help. A psychologist assessed her to check for any learning difficulties. She has above average intelligence but slow processing speed. And suddenly it makes a little more sense. Unfortunately slow processing and school don't mix well. So many subjects and having to work quickly in class. Perhaps you could have you daughter assessed, at least it can give something to work with, someplace to start. .
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