Tag: school attendance

Anxiety Based School Refusal. Lily’s Story.

Anxiety Based School Refusal. Lily’s Story.

Last night Lily and I realised that she had been to EVERY LESSON this week!   It is the first time she has managed this for 6 months.   It was a huge achievement and testament her hard work (also mine) and that of a pretty awesome school team. What happened? Prior to May Lily … Continue reading Anxiety Based School Refusal. Lily’s Story.

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Just imagine – if adults were treated like some of our children…

Just imagine – if adults were treated like some of our children…

I’m struggling at the moment at work.  Lots of stresses, both physical and mental have been building up over time. I have never been a bounce out of bed person but I’m finding it harder and harder to get up in the morning and leave the house to go to work.  I noticed it started … Continue reading Just imagine – if adults were treated like some of our children…

Unable to attend school – what next?

Following on from the tips from Rosie and Jo’s mum (see unable to attend school) I want to share some lessons learned from the experiences of Peter and Jack. Peter and Jack were almost 9 and in Year 4.  They had shared the same kind, nurturing teacher for 1 term in Year 3 and the same unkind … Continue reading Unable to attend school – what next?

Unable to attend school

Rosie and Jo’s mum. When Jo was eight, I was told that, if she didn’t ‘want’ to go to school, I should manhandle her out of the house and all the way into school. I called her CAMHS psychologist and explained. She told me to manhandle her into school too. Incredulous, I repeated her words … Continue reading Unable to attend school

36 Hours in the Life of an SEN Mum Trying to Re-enter the Workplace

Just so you know - for those arriving here after reading "the book" - this blog was 12 months after Part 8 was written.  So Peter did make it to the residential school which he so desperately needed.  However, as you will see it wasn't all plain sailing.  😦 In case you have doom and … Continue reading 36 Hours in the Life of an SEN Mum Trying to Re-enter the Workplace

It’s Not Fair

It is clear from the few forums I am on that there are a number whose children's chronic and prolonged school related distress has resulted in serious and significant harm to their mental health.  Damage that isn't all reversible and has sometimes led to children being admitted to mental health inpatient units whilst still in … Continue reading It’s Not Fair