Kim - posted on 12/31/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )
My 14 year old son is gifted. Until this year he has excelled in school. He is in the gifted and talented program in school and is in a program from Duke University for gifted children. Each summer, Matt goes to a camp for gifted children at one of our state universities. Matt has always been shy and a little reserved. Matt started 9th grade this year. Unfortunately, this problem has become almost unmanageable this year. At the beginning of the school year, Matt suffered a severe injury to his leg. I called the school almost daily, explaining that Matt would not ask for any help with things like carrying his backpack, leaving class a little early, propping up his leg, or carrying his lunch tray. After a week of my child coming home in tears from pain and exhaustion, his doctor and I decided to put him on homebound status. With this, a tutor came to the house twice a week. brought his school work to the house and helped him with anything he did not understand. When it came time to return to school, Matt started to have severe panic attacks and was unable to return to school. I am taking him to a pyschologist, who has diagnosed him with social anxiety disorder and agoraphobia. We are slowly trying to get him back to school, but just aren't having any success. I would appreciate any advice that anyone might have on this. Matt is such a great kid with all th potential in the world. It breaks my heart to think that this my have a traumatic impact on the rest of his life.