Reply To: Anxiety or Power Struggle?

Penny Williams

Kids do well if they can. He is clearly experiencing some distress around riding his bike to school (or maybe being at school) — he doesn’t feel safe. He’s only trying to manipulate the situation because he’ll do anything to avoid the situation that is causing him such distress. Forcing and punishing is only worsening his distress.

“I Have a Student Who Is Too Stressed to Learn”

Talk with him to determine what is causing his anxiety and panic and help him with that. If he doesn’t feel safe riding his bike to school, what will make him feel safe?

ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism