Marcia (not her real name) was having serious issues with her son who refused to go to school. Some days, he refused to go. Other days, he’d walk to the bus stop and just disappear. Later in the day, the school would call her to inform her that her son had never shown up. After being contacted by a truancy officer, Marcia knew that she had to do something about her son’s behavior. Marcia took her son to a counselor who diagnosed him with school phobia.
I am having such a difficult time getting my child the services I think that she needs. My child is having a hard time understanding the classwork and she is unable to do her homework. She seems to be really struggling to keep up. Although the teacher acknowledges that she’s having trouble in class, she says to wait until later in the year before doing anything about these issues. She says that perhaps my child will have an “intellectual growth spurt” and catch up.