This protocol supports teachers at Pinewood, the American International School of Thessaloniki, to report effectively when there are signs of Mood or Anxiety Problems, like Panic attacks, Anxiety signs or Depression signs. Additionally, in this protocol, the School Refusal will be addressed. The protocol clarifies which steps can be taken in response to these signs or report from the child.
Mood or Anxiety Disorders:
The Mood/ Anxiety Disorders and the School Refusal in children and adolescents demonstrate cognitive, behavioral and physiological patterns. Such a persistent pattern over a long time is likely to be associated with a variety of emotional, social and academic difficulties.
The Generalized Anxiety Disorder is an excessive and uncontrollable worry about several events or activities. This worry causes distress or impairment in social, academic, emotional areas.
The Social Anxiety is characterized by the fear and avoidance of situations where there is the possibility of negative evaluation by others. This can include situations like conversations, performing in front of others or being observed in general. The student is afraid that will be judged negatively, as anxious, weak, weird, unlikable, intimidating or boring.
The Separation Anxiety Disorder is a developmentally inappropriate and excessive fear when the student must separate from home or attachment figures. The student is worried that the attachment figures will get hurt, something disastrous will happen to them or there will be serious illness. To diagnose a child or adolescent with Separations Anxiety Disorder, the symptoms need to last for four weeks or more.
The Selective Mutism is the consistent failure to speak in specific social situations, despite having the ability to speak in other situations. The duration of Selective Mutism needs to last at least one month. The failure to speak is not die to the lack of knowledge of the language. It interferes with social and academic performance.
The Panic Disorder is characterized by frequent and unexpected/ expected panic attacks, accompanied by physiological and cognitive symptoms. It reaches a peak within minutes and a lot of physical symptoms occur. The trigger for the panic attack might not be obvious, so it is unexpected. However, the panic attack might also be expected, such as when the individual is in a situation in which panic attacks typically occur.
School Refusal is a school attendance issue, which persists for long time, associated strongly with emotional distress and jeopardizes the student’s social, emotional and academic development. The student refuses to attend school, prefers to remain at home during school hours and is emotionally upset at the prospect of attending school. Reluctance attending school relates to emotional distress for student, parents and school staff.
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