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School Anxiety and Depression


With the new school year nearing some children may be feeling anxious.  The start of school, life changes, or transitions can sometimes trigger school refusal, refusal to attend school due to emotional distress.  According to the Anxiety and Depression Associate of America, anxiety-based school refusal affects 2 to 5% of school age children and typically affects children between the ages of five and six and ten and eleven.  School transitions like moving from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school can cause a great amount of stress for kids.  Children that suffer from school refusal commonly have average to above-average intelligence.

This stress can lead to physical ailments such as stomachaches, nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.  It can also cause behavioral issues such as oppositional defiance, separation anxiety, tantrums, avoidance and inflexibility.

To help alleviate stress the child’s parents may consider putting together a support network which could include a child psychologist, school counselors, teachers the child trusts, mentor or tutor.  A customized educational program such as an IEP or a 504 Plan could help put measures in place to boost the child’s confidence.

Hiring a mentor/tutor can help the child to feel successful again and ease with the school transition process.  At Brock’s Academy we take great care in choosing a tutor that will be a good personality match with the student.  Our tutors are experienced at helping children build their skills and we believe all children deserve to SOAR and our focus is to keep a student’s joy for learning alive.  If your child is experiencing anxiety about the new school year, be proactive and help put a team in place now to help your child with the transition.  Give Brock’s Academy a call at 425-483-1353 or go to


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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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