|Posted by Kay Mawson on January 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM|
As many of you know, I am behind the FACEBOOK Group Page for School Phobia too. This has probably been the most resourceful way for parents of School Phobic children to connect, vent and talk to each other and gain some support. I have connected through so many people on the group page, including some children themselves. Although, most of the time, posts are from mothers, deeply desperate for answers, as they watch their child's life turned upside down by this condition.
To often, parents state they are then persued over their child's lack of attendence and have been taken to court. Many of you will be reading this having been down this route. I myself was criticised over attendance issues and my son was told his mother would be sent to prison if he did not stop his behaviour. A false threat used to put a stop to what was felt to be behaviour well within my son's control i.e. picking and choosing. A prison threat hardly helped a child suffering from Seperation Anxiety. So, reading about other parents' unecessary pressures and suffering at the hands school and authorities angered me and drove me to insert the 'tabs' on this website "News & Headlines" & "Help & Advice" so parents could print/source and use information to help them fight their battle.
However, this week, I was contacted by a lovely lady in New York USA who told our FACEBOOK page her story. She has an almighty battle on her hands with her child and her heart goes out to her and here comes the almighty BUT. But, the school staff and professional team advised this particular parent about the condition of School Phobia and have offered her and her 16 year old son FULL SUPPORT. Now I know that this is in USA, I know you are saying that to yourselves right now. This point it, a school has taken a step to put support in place. I think this is fantastic and I am wondering if word is really getting out there about the reality of this condition. Let us hope so.