school refusal

Child Doesn’t Want to Go to School? It Could Be School Refusal

school refusal

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In a report by the American Academy of Family Physicians, about 1 to 5 percent of all school-aged kids suffer from school refusal. Those who struggle with school refusal sometimes have a form of significant emotional distress, such as depression or anxiety; they may also be struggling with other issues, such as bullying. Telling the difference between simply not wanting to go to school and school refusal can be difficult, which is why it’s important to know the signs. 

Warning signs of school refusal

Recognizing when your child is suffering from school avoidance early on can significantly help in the healing process. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, the warning signs for school avoidance include: 

  • Persistent tardiness/unexcused absences
  • Persistent complaints about attending school
  • Frequent requests to go/call home
  • Frequent physical complaints and requests to go to nurse’s office
  • Excessive worrying for a parent while in school
  • Absences on important days (speech, exam, etc.)

Reasons for school refusal

Your child may be refusing to go to school for many reasons, from mental issues to bullying. Stressful life events, such as moving or starting school, can be contributing factors in school avoidance. It can also be spurred on by fear, either from peers, failure, or of leaving a parent.

Refusing to go to school is often a symptom of a larger issue, whether that’s bullying or a mental issue such as anxiety. If left untreated, it can lead to further issues and blockades down the road. 

Getting treatment for your child

There are many treatments and programs geared towards helping those struggling with school avoidance, the difficult part is figuring out which one can do the most for your child. Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teens. We help teens work through issues, such as depression, anxiety, school refusal, and many more. With the correct treatment, your teen can thrive.

For more information about how Elevations RTC can help your teen, call us today .

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