As parents we always try to instill in our kids that they can tell us anything, good or bad. We do this because we want to celebrate the good things with them but also because if something bad happens, (bullying, danger, etc) we want to help them. We want to give them a safe place to talk about anything.
This is difficult even for neurotypical kids. But for those on the spectrum it’s much harder. They often lack the words to convey what has happened after the fact.
W loved going to preschool but this week has been fighting going. This morning I tried to get him to go and he became anxious and stressed. When I tried to ask him if something happened at preschool he made himself as small as possible and was fidgeting and wouldn’t look at me (he usually is good with eye contact). He just kept saying “I not go to school”.
I tried to stay calm so as not to influence his emotions but it broke my heart because I’ve never seen him react like that.
I ended up giving him a hug and helping him calm down. He’s not going to preschool today.
I’ve sent an email to the center supervisor asking for any information on why W would react like this when up until last week he loved going to preschool.
I’m at a loss. I don’t ever want to see him like that again.