All children who attend school of any kind will encounter problems. Whether preschool or college, there will be challenges to overcome. A good relationship with your child’s school and teachers can help you head off problems before they start. When school problems come up, it’s important that you quickly recognize and address them.
School problems can show up as poor academic performance, lack of motivation for school, loss of interest in school work, or poor relationships with peers or teachers.
School difficulties range from minor to severe, might be very short-lived or last for longer. Even short-term school problems can have a negative impact on how young people feel about school – and themselves.
Challenges may include learning to make good judgements, learn dependence vs. independence, identify personal and parental expectations, challenging (failing) grades, anxiety, low self-esteem, low self-worth, learning to set healthy boundaries, bulling, losing friends, peer pressures, college roommate issues, just to name a few.
Signs that might indicate your child is having problems at school include:
- Drop in marks in one or more subjects
- Lack of engagement, connection or involvement with school – for example, your child might not be interested in extracurricular activities or have very few friends
- Embarrassment or discomfort when talking about school
- Refusal to talk with you about school, or rarely talking about school with family or friends
- Resistance to doing homework, or rarely talking about homework
- Low confidence or lack of self-esteem – your child might say he is ‘dumb’, ‘stupid’ or not as clever as his friends
- Detentions at lunch time or the end of the school day
- Excuses not to go to school or skipping school without your knowledge
- Boredom with school work or not feeling challenged enough – your child might say he’s not learning anything new
- Attention or behavior problems
- Experiences of being bullied or bullying others (Adopted from raising children.net)
If your school age child struggles in any of the above-mentioned areas, NorthPoint is here to help. Our therapists are experienced in working with your child regardless of age to help him/her build confidence and strength.