First, get your child into therapy as soon as you possibly can so that your child can begin to decrease his or her OCD behaviors right away.
Second, it would be helpful to sit down with a counselor at the child’s school to let him or her know about your child’s OCD and in what areas your child has difficulties. Schools can often make certain accommodations for children to assist them with their disorders.
For example, it may be best to excuse a child from art class if the child has obsessive fears of getting stains on his or her clothing. Once therapy has started to work on this area, then the child can slowly be reintegrated into art class.
Some parents find it helpful to talk to the parents of their children’s friends to let them know about the OCD and what things may set off an obsession or a ritual. This way the other parents won’t be alarmed if the child starts to act in a “strange” manner.
Finally, you and your child can explain to his or her friends what OCD is and why your child acts certain ways at times. Often, these friends will accept this and even stick up for the child if other kids start to tease him or her.