Back to School with OCD – Again

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by vlado freedigitalphotos.net

I know several of my recent posts have focused on going back to school, but I’d like to share one more article with you as I think it could benefit a lot of people.

Dr. Aureen Pinto Wagner has compiled a checklist of ways obsessive-compulsive disorder might affect kids at school, or in relation to school. While the article is geared directly toward kids, and suggests that children share their checklist with their parents, I also think it can work the other way. Parents who know their children have OCD, or suspect they might, can work through the checklist with their child to help pinpoint potential problem areas in school. This information can then be shared with their child’s therapist who can work with the student on his or her issues.

One great thing about this list is that it’s appropriate for all ages, from kindergartners to high school students. For those young people who find it difficult to verbalize their feelings or talk about their OCD, this checklist could be a godsend. Thank you Aureen!

The start of a new school year can be stressful. Add OCD into the mix and major problems can arise. We should expect our children to get the support they deserve – in classrooms where, ideally, teachers have at least a basic understanding of OCD.

Here’s to a happy and successful school year for all students and parents!

 

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8 Responses to Back to School with OCD – Again

  1. June Morgan says:

    Once we got the OCD diagnosis, just prior to the start of each semester my daughter & I would meet each teacher & have a little chat about what her OCD can look like in class and explain that if she appears non-communicative or locked, she isn’t being rude, she simply needs a minute or 3. I would follow-up with an email thank you and include a few web-sites with more information on OCD. This made such a difference as it not only laid a foundation for ongoing communication but made the first days of the semester a little easier as my daughter had been exposed to the teacher & room prior to facing it full of kids as well. Best of luck.

    • Thanks for sharing, June. What a great way to start off the school year! You not only helped your daughter, but also educated teachers about OCD. I hope you and your daughter are doing well.

  2. I have shared this on my organization’s Facebook page 🙂

  3. Nicola says:

    That’s a great checklist. As a teacher this would be a great resource to have on hand too, to identify students who potentially have OCD but don’t know it, or to help students who do have a diagnosis. Great resource!

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