School refusal

Children often complain about going to school. But some parents find that it becomes a pattern that is genuinely affecting daytime routine and suspect that it may be something more serious. This is known as School Refusal and can take different forms. For example, temper tantrums, begging to stay at home, and even imaginary symptoms such as stomach pains or headaches right before it’s time to go to school.

SCHOOL REFUSAL

Children often complain about going to school. But some parents find that it becomes a pattern that is genuinely affecting daytime routine and suspect that it may be something more serious. This is known as School Refusal and can take different forms. For example, temper tantrums, begging to stay at home, and even imaginary symptoms such as stomach pains or headaches right before it’s time to go to school.

The first cause of action is to consider whether there may be a larger issue at play. If you suspect your child may be being bullied for example, tackle the problem as early as possible and talk to school members of staff. This will ensure that there is someone watching out for anything that may go on at school. Also remember to reassure your child that you are there for them.

Other causes may include your child’s mental health. Anxiety disorders are a common reason for children feeling unable to go to school and can be tackled with the right help. If you suspect this may be why, go to see your GP and contact organisations such as Young Mind for support.

Voice: Dr Ranj Singh