CAMHS decided in view of the self harming incident with big girl at school recently they should see her.
We arrived at CAMHS this morning a little early meaning big girl had time to calm down, relax and focus on some colouring for ten minutes.
We were called through by the therapist and big girl’s anxiety levels instantly rose. The therapist quickly explain the reason for the appointment and told her Mummy would be waiting outside while they had a 15-20 minute chat. I’ve never left the room before, how did he think she was going to react, how was this supposed to help?!
I left the room.
I have no idea what was said, but big girl rushed to the door to check I was still there several times during their brief chat.
I was called back in.
The therapist told me that she hadn’t told him anything revealing and that we could chat about it further at our 1to1 tomorrow.
Big girls anxiety levels quickly dropped and all was calm, or so I thought. I took her to school and asked them to keep an extra close eye on her.
I saw her teacher later on that day, and she informed me that big girl was clearly anxious upon rejoining the class and when a child asked her where she’d been, she burst in to tears. The conversation with the teacher pretty much went like this.
Teacher : You should keep her home when she’s had an appointment, I don’t know how to or even want to deal with her.
Realistically I can’t give her a day off school everytime she has an appointment, she’d loose too much time thus making school even more difficult for her. Besides, being home alone with me would make her just as anxious. So for now, it seems better to stick to routine and normality and hope she muddles through.
So far all CAMHS seem to do is upset my girls with no therapeutic input to even make the upset worth while.
Tomorrow I have a 1to1 with the therapist, I wonder how that will go.