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“I am THRILLED! Parents of Youth w/school avoidance, this site is for you! Prepare for the fall with expert & curated advice & resources! TY Jayne for this treasure site of support! Thank you for all that you are doing for families! “
Best, Anne Marie
Dr. Anne Marie Albano
Director and Founder of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Manhattan. Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Beck Institute Scholar, and is board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology.
Hi Jayne, I think your site and effort are so valuable.
Dr. Brain Chu
Director, Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic, Temple University
I find the School Refusal Hope website such a valuable resource for families struggling with school refusal. Thank you for listing Columbia's services on your website.
Anthony C. Puliafico, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) Columbia University Irving Medical Center

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Dr. Anne Marie Albano
Director and Founder of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Manhattan. Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Beck Institute Scholar, and is board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology.
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“I am THRILLED! Parents of Youth w/school avoidance, this site is for you! Prepare for the fall with expert & curated advice & resources! TY Jayne for this treasure site of support! Thank you for all that you are doing for families! “
Best, Anne Marie
Dr. Brain Chu
Director, Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic, Temple University
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Hi Jayne, I think your site and effort are so valuable.
Dr. Kimberly Zito
Director of School Refusal and Avoidance Services at Connecticut Behavioral Health, a private practice in Cheshire, CT.
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Your website is such a great resource!
Robert
Parent
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Jayne, Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the moon and back. Over 4years not one person, lawyers, advocates, family. friends have helped as much as you have and cared. I’m thankful I found your website. I’ve never met a person as true and helpful as you when it comes to school refusal and helping my son. She has been able to advise, advocate, and get us to the right resources and explain certain terms that we do not understand in our language Jayne will listen respectfully and direct you in the proper direction. She will go above and beyond. I feel as though I know her for years. Words cannot explain my gratitude that there’s still somebody in the world that actually cares.
Forever grateful
Robert
Anthony C. Puliafico, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) Columbia University Irving Medical Center
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I find the School Refusal Hope website such a valuable resource for families struggling with school refusal. Thank you for listing Columbia's services on your website.
Wendy Sefick
Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Bergen County Division of Mental Health, President, Remembering TJ, foundation for Suicide Prevention
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What a tremendous resource! I just shared it with a group I am involved with called Warrior Families for families who have kids that struggle with mental health challenges. Thank you for the important work you do.
Stacy
Parent
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Jayne is the advocate and confidant we all need during the exhausting journey of parenting a child with school refusal. She helped me navigate child mental health systems and gave me encouragement and support during a challenging and confusing time. Jayne’s perseverance, empathy, and follow-through restored my hope that my child can become a happy, independent, functional, healthy young adult. Thank you so much for all of your help and support.
Stacy
Monica
Parent
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My son is 16 years old, and he stopped going to school 2 years ago. I don't know what to do anymore. Thanks for lending an ear!
Carolyn
Parent
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Jayne You have been “My Rock” and restored some hope when I wanted to give up.
Carolyn
Trina
Parent
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Thank you !! This is so comforting and helpful
Vanessa
Parent
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Jayne, Yes, for as long as he has been in school, there has been defiance about him. He sits in class and refuses to do anything. I will reach out to The Practice and see if we can get him evaluated. I need a psychiatric evaluation and am at a loss of where I can go to get that done. I honestly believe it is a bipolar disorder. My mother suffered from schizoaffective bipolar and a lot of his behaviors are what I would see with her. I appreciate all your help! It's great that a resource that may help my son is right where I work!
Warm Regards,
Vanessa
Carriei
Parent
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I have a 14-year-old son who has been struggling with school refusal since 7th grade/age 12. I guess I was just looking for someplace for support as I feel like no one in my circle understands. Thanks for hearing me out!
Carriei
Sue T
Parent
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I am so thankful to have found this group and thank you for accepting me. I have a 10-year-old daughter who has been refusing school for about 3 years now. Thank you all so much for your support.
Sue T
Victoria
Parent
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Thank you. It’s just wonderful to be able to spill my brain here without judgment. This is such a shitty club to be a part of. But it’s really nice to know I’m not alone. Let’s go out for drinks.
Victoria
Nancy
Educator
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Hello, What a great resource!! I can only say that I wish you had been around ten years ago for my son. I am glad to find you now though; I have sent your links to the father of a student at the school in which I work. We have a small staff and no school social worker but I am recognizing the signs and in touch with the child and her dad. So a big thank you for being here and providing so much great information.
Nancy
Sam
Parent
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I recently stumbled upon your website and am in the midst of a very challenging time with my 8-year-old son at school. He was diagnosed several months back with several vision disorders and visual information processing disorders. Thank you so much for any help or guidance you could provide!
Sam

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