Year 8 School Refuser, ASD, OCD, Anxiety and Depression
A has recently been diagnosed with ASD, OCD, anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation and possible ADHD.
She finds the day-to-day activity of attending mainstream school extremely challenging due to great difficulty in interacting with the teachers and other students and the many sensory inputs. This has led to angry outbursts and meltdowns at school which has resulted in a number of exclusions as her mainstream school have been unable to effectively support A.
A was moved from her mainstream school to the Alt Prov to help improve her mental health and self esteem whilst undergoing EHC assessment.
A responds more positively to a nurturing approach within smaller classes. Since starting at Alt Prov, we have seen a dramatic improvement in A behaviour. Instead of resisting going to school, she now wants to go. Instead of coming home and unloading her pent up anger and frustration on her parents and six year old sister, she now unwinds by talking about everything she has done at Alt Prov that day.
A has a growing anxiety about the thought of having to stay at home all day without the support that she is getting from Alt Prov and now enjoys attending an educational setting, as a family we don’t know what we would have done without the Alt Prov.