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School Refusal Assessment Scale & Interpretation

Posted on December 4, 2018
If your child has been showing signs of school refusal for a while, you might be ready to contact a mental health professional for help. Accessing this type of support is a good thing, as a mental health professional can conduct a full evaluation of your child’s situation and offer valuable guidance. What Is The School Refusal Assessment Scale? One tool that a mental health professional might use is the ...Read More

School Refusal Vs. Truancy

Posted on November 28, 2018
Morning after morning, you might fight the same battle with your child. Perhaps the battle involves tears, tantrums, tugs of war, or complaints of physical ills. As a parent, you are exhausted. Getting your child to school in the morning has become surprisingly hard. You watch your child experience physical pain or illness, and your child might even panic about a class presentation or another group of kids. At the ...Read More

How To Handle Children That Refuse School

Posted on October 10, 2018
If you’ve spent every morning for the last several weeks, trying to convince your panicked, anxiety-ridden child to go to school, only to see them immediately brighten up when they are allowed to stay home, then you might have encountered the term “school refusal” by now. School refusal, a form of extreme anxiety, is caused by a number of factors, including long breaks from school or serious anxiety disorders. Symptoms ...Read More

How Different Kids Exhibit School Refusal Behavior

Posted on September 25, 2018
Parents whose child displays school refusal behavior likely wishes they’d stumble upon a guidebook, or manual of sorts, to help them better understand and help their children. What is most challenging about this issue is that school refusal behavior presents itself as a confusing set of symptoms. Typically, parents first assume their child is going through “ a difficult phase”, but soon realize they are actually experiencing severe emotional distress. ...Read More

What Is School Phobia? – Symptoms & Treatments [Guide]

Posted on September 14, 2018
Parents of preschoolers might expect their children to feel scared about going to school, but parents of teenagers would probably be surprised to see their teens battle similar fears. Yet, many teens have chronic anxiety about going to school, which can create a difficult and confusing struggle for both the teen and their parents. But parents should know that there is a way to gain clarity and help their teens ...Read More

Understanding & Overcoming School Refusal

Posted on August 31, 2018
So, your child does not want to go to school. To a parent, this may seem like he or she is bored, or simply being lazy. However, for many children, it is a condition known as school refusal. If your child is exhibiting these signs, it is important to understand their emotional distress before insisting they go to school. They could be fearful of a particular situation or even scared ...Read More

Are Private School Expenses Tax Deductible?

Posted on July 18, 2018
To pay a private school tuition, most parents don’t have the luxury of setting up automatic payments and forgetting about it. For most, affording the cost involves several years of diligent planning and saving. Some have set aside savings from the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to put toward private school tuition, and many take advantage of scholarships. When parents explore what cost-saving options are available to them, they ...Read More

Is Private School Worth the Cost?

Posted on July 16, 2018
When parents contemplate private school education for their children, it’s often the result of one or two primary factors: Their child has a unique quality or talent that needs to be nurtured in the right environment, or Their child’s current school environment is negatively impacting his or her learning experience. By the time children have reached middle school or high school, their parents have likely tried to improve the situation ...Read More

School Refusal Tips for Parents

Posted on June 26, 2018
If your child is experiencing anxiety going to school, believe it or not, it’s more common than you think. In most cases, symptoms of school refusal include a child that complains of physical symptoms right before it is time to go to school or a child that is constantly visiting the school nurse. If you allow your child to remain home, you will discover these so-called symptoms disappear quickly, only ...Read More

School Refusal Fact Sheet

Posted on May 22, 2018
According to the ADAA, as many as five in 100 school-age children refuse to attend school. What happens when that child is yours? School refusal can happen for a variety of reasons and presents challenges for both you and your child. Since school participation is important for your child, it’s necessary to understand the facts about school refusal. Use this school refusal fact sheet to help you and your child ...Read More



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