I am a PhD student specialising in the cognitive biases associated with childhood anxiety. I am keen to get as much applied experience alongside my research as possible. I wondered if you knew of any opportunities for me to gain some experience?
Take a look at the very informative booklets in the Mental Health section of the resources on the website if you have not done so already. You need to register to access these but it is simple. Overall the key things to be aware of is that it is a serious condition and not something a child can snap out of. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT )is often used as a way to modify behaviours so that children and young people can get on with life.
Key things a teacher can do are
• understand the condition by reading up about it
• take the condition seriously
• liaise with family and CAMHs team to draw up a management plan for the child
• Don’t be afraid to make adaptations to classroom, school day and or curriculum, inclusion is about working towards meeting the needs of all children not making all children fit one system!
Hope this helps and thanks for contacting us. If you found the website useful please pass on the details to your fellow students.
I would be very grateful for your advice. My daughter has not felt able to attend school since January 2013. She is under Camhs for anxiety and panic. What are her educational options given that she has missed year 10 and 11 and her GCSEs? We have been advised to apply for her to attend school to repeat year 11, but she does not feel able to attend school. I would be very grateful for advice about her options. Thank you.
This is clearly a very difficult time for you and your daughter, the situation you describe is essentially one of the factors behind the drive for CCHS in applying to open a Free School, a small school for young people who need help to build resilience in order to develop independence. Provision for young people experiencing the difficulties such as those you describe is sorely lacking in most local authorities. We would suggest that you liaise with your local authority making reference to the document here: http://education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/statutory/g00219676/health-needs-education The local authority must work with you to support your daughters access to education and if that cannot happen within a mainstream setting, alternative provision should be sought. Some local authorities have a medical PRU or offer tuition at home with support for a reintegration plan back to school. What is clear from the statutory guidance is that the local authority must support your daughter to access education and if it is not possible to attend a mainstream secondary school some other provision must be made available. We hope this information is helpful.
Can home tuition happen if the pupil does not have the stated 3 consecutive weeks of absence, but who has frequent short absences due to a chronic illness?
Yes, this needs to be negotiated and different LAs have put in support for pupils depending on their needs.