Most children feel some school anxiety or stress at some point during their educational career–but for some children it’s a lot more than the regular amount. For adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, school anxiety can be an extremely common and disruptive occurrence.
A neurodevelopmental disorder can cause a teen to experience issues in school, whether it’s socially or academically. This struggle can be brought on by a multitude of reasons, but when it happens to your child, it’s important to understand what’s happening and how to help.
School anxiety can be caused by social and academic issues
Usually, when a teen with a neurodevelopmental disorder has school anxiety, it has to do with something associated with what’s inside the school. Neurodevelopmental disorders–ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), learning disabilities, etc.–can cause a fair amount of anxiety when it comes to school.
This school anxiety can derive from a place of low self-esteem when it comes to performing academically. Maybe your teenager feels incompetent and unsuccessful in school, creating an anxiety about underperforming or getting embarrassed. Especially in today’s world, there’s a high level of anticipation for students to perform well and get into a good college–these crushing expectations can make it hard for teens with neurodevelopmental disorders to flourish.
It can also come from a lack of confidence when it comes to social interactions. Especially for teens with high-functioning ASD this can be an issue. While they may have no issues in doing well academically, they may hit a wall when it comes to being social with their neurotypical peers.
Another possibility is a fear associated with what’s in the school, such as bullies. If a teenager is getting bullied in school, it can create a high amount of school anxiety. It isn’t unheard of for a victim of bullying to not tell anyone what they’re experiencing. Instead, a teen may just turn to methods of avoiding school, such as skipping or feigning ailments.
If you believe your teenager may be struggling with school anxiety or other mental health issues, it’s critical to reach out to a professional for further guidance.
Seven Stars helps with school anxiety
Seven Stars is a program that combines residential treatment with adventure therapy to create a multifaceted, effective program for adolescents, ages 13 to 18, struggling with emotional and behavioral issues as a result of their neurodevelopmental disorder.
We embed the objectives we have for each student into daily activities and teach emotional wellness skills such as conflict resolution, problem solving, social skills, academic skills, self-efficacy and prosocial behaviors. At Seven Stars, we strive to help our students develop the skills necessary to live full, productive lives.
For more information about treating school anxiety at Seven Stars, contact us today at 844-601-1167.
Since 2003, Dr. Gordon Day has passionately helped young people with a wide range of family, emotional, social, neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems. Gordon’s mission has been to help people find their strengths and their own passion for living a full and rewarding life. He is particularly sensitive to the pressures, frustrations and disappointments that adolescents face that can sometimes cause them and their loved ones to want to withdraw and throw their hands up in despair.
Dr. Day knows that you really have to understand where a student is coming from and understand their patterns of strengths and needs. When we truly know an individual and their struggles, only then can we truly help.
Dr. Day has pioneered the use of outdoor therapy activities and outdoor living as a dynamic and effective therapeutic tool for learning, confidence building and skill building. His programs provide effective, supportive and encouraging environments that help students find their strengths and power.