School Refusal

School attendance is critical for students’ academic success. For some students, going to school is their biggest fear, which has become a growing concern over the years, not only for parents, but school personnel as well. School refusal is still a significant issue that requires attention. A team approach including the student, school personnel, and parents is necessary in order to successfully treat the problem behavior. Each case of school refusal is a work in progress, and it may take some time to see results. It is important to remember that the ultimate goal of implementing an intervention for a student with school refusal is to get the child back into school with regular attendance.

What is school refusal?

⦁ School refusal, or school avoidance, is a term used to describe the signs or anxiety a school-aged child has and his or her refusal to go to school. It is an anxiety disorder which can bring on physical symptoms.
It includes
⦁ Complete absence from school
⦁ Leaves during the school day
⦁ Morning tantrums/psychosomatic complaints
⦁ Marked distress on school days
⦁ Pleads caregiver to stay home. The child may complain of other symptoms, such as a stomach ache or headache, that get better as soon as the child is allowed to stay home.
⦁ The child may tell you that he or she is anxious or afraid of a certain situation that happens at school

Management of school refusal


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