I am new to these forums and at my wits end. My 15 year old son has refused to go to school for the last two terms and his attendance is extremely poor. He says that he has anxiety attacks in class and he can’t physically sit there, and finds it hard to breathe. I have met with his co ordinators who offered little support, and my son has asked to try a different school next year. I have applied to another school but haven’t heard back from them and his current school said they have every intention of telling this other school about his refusal to attend. My son has met with a psychologist who said that he won’t open up so there is nothing she can do. Even his GP laughed it off and said he will grow out of it! I feel like no one will help me, but I’m legally responsible if he won’t go? I can’t make him go, no matter how hard I try. I would like to enrol him in distance education as I think he would do better with this form of learning, but apparently he needs to have a diagnosed social disorder and proof of ongoing care. He won’t see a counsellor so he doesn’t qualify. I don’t know what to do. I feel like I’m screaming and no one can hear me.
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