Back-to-School Separation Anxiety
Submitted by GiveBackToSchool
My middle son always seemed so self-assured as a toddler. He was just dying to hop on the yellow bus his big brother takes and join him at school. So when he bounded on to the bus the first day with nary a good-bye, I wasn't surprised. What did catch me off guard was his absolute, hysterical refusal to go to school the following day.
I called the school and they advised me to get him there, by hook or by crook. They told me the school psychologist would meet us outside and help ease my son back in. He needed to know that avoiding school was not an option.
I'm so glad I made that call. My son's separation anxiety turned out to be pretty severe, but for some it is just a day or two of adjustment. Either way, the staff at the school is prepared to handle it with effective techniques that help the child gain comfort and control and keep him/her in the classroom. So if your child develops fear or anxiety, don't avoid the problem because help is just a phone call away.