Posted by noa on September 15, 2003, at 19:40:20
In reply to Re: Judy, your son » noa, posted by judy1 on September 14, 2003, at 11:46:27
Yeah, I just think starting middle school is very anxiety provoking for many kids (I'm sure folks here remember this) but if it is also after 2 years of home schooling that is a huge adjustment to make, so don't go concluding that he has a true anxiety disorder just yet--it could just be a 'normal' reaction to a lot of situational stress, don't ya think? So he might just need some extra support is all.
I think middle school is hard because of so many reasons. My niece just started middle school. There's the adjustment to so many different teachers, to having to be more responsible and organized because you don't have a main homeroom teacher watching over you anymore, of having to juggle different assignments from different teachers at the same time, etc. and then there's the peer stuff, of course--who to sit with at lunch, etc. etc.
I think a therapist can help him with the adjustment. Maybe you should also get to know his guidance counselor or other staff that you think could be an advocate for him at school.
And maybe there is a school club he might like to join?