Posted by: Nicole | 2013/01/28


Toddler and school

Many thanks Doctor for your reply regarding post no. 406. I am still in a dilemma and would appreciate some neutral, unbiased advice. Since my son has Chronic Kidney Disease he has experienced immense trauma especially having a fear of visiting certain places especially with crowds of people - both my husband and i were concerned that for my son to commence Grade RR in February was a bit too soon and already he was screaming and refusing to get out of the car to check the school out (he did eventually get out of the car after some coaxing) - the school has agreed to let my son commence school mid-year and advised us in the meant time to bring him in every weekend so that he could adjust to being there. Do you think that we are being fair in allowing our child time to adjust and start school mid-year? I''d hate to have to force a screaming, crying and hypertensive child into an unfamiliar environment - and i definitely don''t want him to develop a fear of school like he has for hospitals! Thanking you in advance for your much welcomed advice.

Expert's Reply



Your son has had a very difficult time with his health. He now shows symptoms of separation anxiety and agarophobia. If there is no pressure on him as to when he should start school it would certainly be best to gradually let him get used to the school. It should also help to get your son some help and support from a child psychologist.

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