Autism and anxiety at school

Autism and anxiety at school go hand in hand with Jack. Being able to keep his anxiety levels low, is paramount to him being able to go to school and function properly.

It was an early start this morning. Lily came into the bedroom around 5, saying she was feeling sick. She seems to be saying she’s feeling sick all the time. But not actually being sick. So being half asleep. I didn’t rush into action. Big mistake, because of course this time she was sick. 

She was sick 3 more times throughout the morning, but has been fine since mid day and is looking better. But the fact she seems to be feeling sick everyday is worrying. We are concerned there might be an underlying problem. So will be taking her to get checked over.

Jack’s problems at school

Between sorting Lily out and getting Jack ready for school. He took his Nintendo Switch to school again. 

School have emailed saying he won’t join in class. All he wants is to play on his Switch, and he’s hiding underneath a table refusing to move when he’s told he can’t have it. Welcome to Jack and how he was at his old school. There has been some challenges at this school, but compared to what happened at his old school. There has been nothing major yet. This is a glimpse of what he can be like, when he is unhappy and/or finding things difficult.

One of the big issues Jack has is feeling safe and secure. We need to keep his anxiety down, for him to be able to function. He uses objects to do this. As I previously talked about. The snuggly’s are one of the big ways he does this. His phone is the other. Now he is wanting to use his Nintendo Switch.

Obviously this is something he can’t take to school and use. It wouldn’t be fair on the other kids in the school,

who aren’t allowed to take such things in. Jack has to abide by the school  rules. He’s done reasonably well with this up to now. They’ve allowed him to take his phone, as he has a long taxi ride to school. On the condition, he hands it in on arriving at reception.

He is pushing the boundaries again. The easy assumption is he just wants to take it to play on but experience tells us to look for a bigger meaning. It could be something has changed at school. Just a minute detail that everyone else has missed, or something has upset or scared him. It could have happened weeks ago, but it’s only starting to show now.

Yet another meeting

School are wanting to set up a meeting to discuss it, and come up with strategies etc. We already have a child in need meeting and a EHCP meeting coming up for Jack, but we will fit it in, and some people think being carers is easy…..

He is going out with his DAS workers this evening. So I will wait until he’s back to try and talk to him. See if we can figure out any problems, and if we’re really lucky get him to accept he can’t take the Switch tomorrow.

Wish me luck!!

Dad Does Autism

My name is Adam. I live with my partner Natalie, and our 2 children Jack and Lily. Both children are autistic, it is now my mission to show what life around autism is like. Spread the awareness and gain the acceptance that autistic people deserve.

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