Anxiety disorder

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. However an anxiety disorder is when a child’s anxiety interferes with school, friends or home-life.

Anxiety can be triggered by almost anything. As a result, anxiety disorders can present in many different ways. Anxiety can be issue-specific, triggered by being away from a parent or carer (separation anxiety), a fear of being in public and seeing friends (social anxiety) and/or a concern about going to school (school-based anxiety or anxious school-refusing).

Common occurring behaviours are:

  • Concentration difficulties
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Frequent crying
  • Constant negative thoughts
  • Fidgeting and frequent toilet use

It can be difficult to secure support for an anxiety disorder or obtain a diagnosis. We have acted in numerous cases where children have been unable to attend school and access education as a result of anxiety. In such situations, the child has special educational needs (SEN) and advice should be obtained.

As anxiety can have such a varying impact, a careful assessment of needs is often recommended. A child may require support at SEN additional support, whereas in other cases an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will be necessary.

 

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