As children and young people return home from school each day your child may be showing significant anxiety and distress.
This can present in many different ways, including crying, anger, or withdrawal to their bedroom for long periods. The term used to describe this is After School Restraint Collapse. A child or young person copes with huge amounts of social demands, sensory input, unexpected change and academic challenges throughout the school day. This creates anxieties which they may internalise while at school, but then bubble to the surface when they reach the familiar and safe haven of home.
This resource provides ideas for both school and home to reduce the risk of these post-school emotions. Partnership between home and school is essential to prevent these emotions from overwhelming the young person each day.