Today’s problem comes from Sarah from The Puffin Diaries, if you have any helpful suggestions please comment below……
My son, who is nine, is having problems in the school playground. He doesn’t like going to school at all, and often refuses to go. However, the school have been really supportive and implemented lots of strategies that help him through his day in the classroom. It seems that outside of the structure of the classroom he finds it very hard to deal with any level of confrontation, or what he perceives as confrontation. He gets himself into fights with other children, often lashing out and using aggressive language. He then finds it difficult to listen to those in authority and will be rude to those who are trying to help him.
He also struggles to see any incident as it realistically occurred and is convinced that everyone is against him.
The school have, for his own safety and to lessen the possibility of major fallout, taken the decision to keep him in at playtimes. My son really hates this as he sees it as a constant punishment for his behaviour, and in a day that is often very hard for him, playtime for him is the best bit. I’m really drawn because he has had better days when he doesn’t go out but he is very sad about not being allowed out with his friends.
Has anyone had similar problems in school and have the school managed to implement any strategies that work?