DD (7) has separation issues and gets very upset at being away from me and always cries when she gets dropped off at school. She has no other special needs and her school work is fine. I've spoken to the SENCO and the teacher, both of whom came up with some ideas but none of it has been followed through and DD just gets left to muddle through. I'm wondering if they don't consider DD to have a real need and I don't even know myself! She seems stressed all the time - she has nightmares a lot and is very highly strung and wound up a lot of the time.
Would you say that this is something that a SENCO can and should help with, or should I see my GP, or is it just a phase? (she's never been happy to be away from me but has coped with it until the last year or so).
my DD had seperation anxiety issues, they escalated very time and eventually we got CAMHS involved. Schools not equipped to deal with anxiety, as its not a SEN as such - doesn't prevent a had accessing curriculum. Ask GP to refer you.
The measures suggested by teacher/SENCO weren't things for me to do, it was things they would do at school - but they haven't done it. I did ask again and they promised again but it's still not being done. Am fairly convinced that teacher doesn't like either DD or me, so I'm reluctant to ask again. I'm not sure why the SENCO hasn't followed it up as our school has a great reputation for SEN.
passthetwiglets, she is fine now - had separation anxiety + generalised anxiety disorder, (caused by post traumatic stress) and we had a year or two of unpicking the problem and then Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and EMDR.
The EMDR was the ticket - anxiety just dissappeared over a series of weeks.