5th grade daughter struggling

Sandy - posted on 02/21/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 5th grade daughter is fearing growing up. She wants to stay a kid, and has a hard time making friends since others her age want to go in the other direction. She is a bit socially awkward, and misses some fairly obvious social cues offered by others at times. Recently she started struggling in school. She feels this year the fun has left school and now it's simply too much work. On a recent test she didn't even answer the essay, she sat there and cried. She was allowed to bring it home this weekend, but whenever she looks at it she cries. She says it's just to much to organize an answer. I recently started her in play therapy (about 8 sessions now), but I see no change from that. HELP!!!

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Sandy - posted on 02/21/2015

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We've had lots of discussions about it. They seem to go nowhere. My husband and I are meeting with her play therapist this week to discuss ending it and finding Ellie another counselor. We had thought Ellie would be more receptive to an intervention in a method she felt comfortable, but in all honesty, I think it made it worse, not better.

Michelle - posted on 02/21/2015

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Have you had a discussion with her about what is actually expected at school?
It's not all about fun, it is about learning and yes it can seem hard but it's all a part of growing up.
Have you got her into some counselling (not play therapy as that's just delaying the growing up)?

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