Help! My Child Won’t Go To School
by: Dr. Noel Swanson
“My nine-year old daughter has started to dread going to school. She always has a head or tummy ache, and ends up missing two or three days a week. When I tell her she has to go, she acts as if she’s truly afraid, and cries and screams. We don’t know what to do.”
You need to be firm with her. Don’t count on the problem going away if you ignore it. She could end up not ever going back.
However, don’t be angry with her as her anxiety and distress are real.
She may have one of three conditions that you need to determine: school phobia (fear of going to school), separation anxiety (fear of leaving you or your home, or agoraphobia (fear of crowded and public places).
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