How do you know when to keep your kids home from school? This seems like a silly question but when you have a child with Autism, it’s not so silly anymore.
We’ve been going through these cycles where either Elliott or Emmett (sometimes both) will have a tummy ache and want to stay home from school.
Neither one of the E’s are blessed with the ability to really open up and talk about their feelings or tell us if somethings bothering them. They’re both highly verbal but very internalistic, meaning they lock their feelings inside. The only way know something is wrong is usually by behavioral changes or the aforementioned tummy ache.
I really hate sending my kids to school when they say they aren’t feeling well because I never really know if not feeling well is an illness or they are upset about something.
Things happen at school that can trigger this kind of reaction. Thankfully, we have a good relationship with the school and so we know if anything obvious happened…
Nevertheless, how do you know when to let your child stay home or make them go to school? How do you know when they are really sick or just upset about something they can’t talk about?
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