The kindergartener that knows the right answer, but won’t raise his hand.
The 7th grader that goes to the nurse for a “bandaid” a little too often.
The student with a headache before math class EVERY day.
The kid that just keeps making jokes and disturbing class.
The 2nd grader that STOPPED and put her pencil down on the second problem.
The 8th grader avoiding class because there’s just TOO many people.
The 6th grader with more than occasional stomach ache.
The class clown that’s avoiding what he doesn’t know.
The 3rd grader that’s pretty damn smart, but says, “I can’t do that!” when faced with a more mentally challenging task.
The 1st grader that runs in school even after being told to STOP, not because he’s defiant or has ADHD, but because there is thunder and lightening outside!
The 9th grader who can’t pay attention in class because she can’t fall asleep at night worrying about her grades.
The 1st grader that resists help and completely melts down.
The 8th grader that thinks life is going to end when she gets a C.
The kid that asks to go to the bathroom, but talks to every adult and child along the way to avoid the unknown and awkward feeling of going back to class and NOT fitting in.
Kids don’t have panic attacks…
Kids avoid. Kids hide.
KIDS DO NOT ASK FOR HELP!!!
They run away.
They back into a corner with their hands over their ears.
They complain about “nothing.”
They fight back.
They need adults that know the difference.
THEY. NEED. US. TO. UNDERSTAND.
We need to recognize childhood anxiety!
Before it’s too late…..
* I know each and every one of these children, they are real, they struggle. Do you know how many children struggle? More than you think. >25% and 1/2 are likely not diagnosed, so you see there is a gross underestimate statistically.