Leading the Way, Helping You Improve School Avoidance Outcomes.
Discover a wealth of resources to help chronically absent kids back to school.

About us

We have been educating families and schools on school avoidance best practices and evidence-based strategies for the past ten years. We are fortunate to work with world-leading clinicians, researchers, and educators who contribute to our resources and support our mission. 

Even though school avoidance has been wreaking havoc on many families for years, now, post-pandemic, it has become a universal crisis. Through the years of talking with thousands of families and schools, we know what works and what it takes to get kids back to learning. 

We are dedicated to families and schools to improving school avoidance outcomes through our expert courses, advocacy, and resources.

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For Parents

When thinking about parenting, you probably never thought something as basic as school attendance would be a problem.

So, when you see signs of distress about school or your child stops attending school, it is scary, confusing, and can quickly overwhelm you and your household. You are not alone, we can help.

School Avoidance 101 & 102

Modes Of Therapy/ Levels Of Care
School-Based Intervention Teams
504 Plans & School Avidance
Individual Education Plans (IEP)

For Educators

Chronic absenteeism due to school avoidance is a huge challenge facing you and your colleagues in our post covid world.

We can help as your resource for the most relevant, evidence-based interventions and strategies from leading school avoidance experts worldwide. We appreciate you and want to make it easier for you to help your students.

School Avoidance Facts

Intervention Roadmap


Parents As Partners

School Avoidance vs Truancy

Professional Development

Tier 2 and Tier 3 Intervention for Chronic Absenteeism

School Avoidance
Master Class for Parents

Never before have parents had access to this level of experienced professionals sharing comprehensive and specific information that you can use right away.

Get the essential pieces of the school avoidance puzzle from five clinical psychologists, a special education attorney, and a school psychologist so you can take positive steps toward getting your child back to school.

Evidence-Based Therapuetic Interventions

Parental Strategies and Responses

Your School’s Role

U.S. Educational and Disability Laws

Reintegration Planning

Our Experts Work at These Prestigious Organizations

And a Few of Their Leadership Positions



We Are Here To Support You

The School Avoidance Alliance is dedicated to supporting the lives of children and families struggling with school avoidance by giving them the resources they need to get back to school.

We partner with Parents, Educators, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, Guidance Counselors, Mental Health Providers, Educational Advocates, and any organization supporting improved student mental health, educational engagement, and social-emotional learning.

As advocates and school avoidance educators, we work toward improved responses, growing awareness, and utilizing evidence-based interventions to help get our absent kids back to a learning environment.


My Child Won't Go To School. Is This School Avoidance?

Research shows that early interventions by families and schools provide the best outcomes. We share the most up-to-date information on school avoidance best practices and resources for getting kids back on track.


Articles, Interviews & Information

Start Getting Your Child Back To School

School avoidance attendance problems challenge attendance policy mandates, U.S. educational and disability law interpretations, and effective responses and interventions at school.

Many schools haven’t had training on school avoidance, so their responses and levels of understanding vary.

Parents must take on the role of advocate and educator while working toward a collaborative relationship with their school. Don’t get discouraged or overwhelmed.

Get this FREE easy-to-understand guide with school resources & laws specific to helping kids with school avoidance access to their education

Brand New for Schools!

A Tier 2 & Tier 3 Intervention for Chronic Absenteeism

Our School Edition Parent Course is an unprecedented resource for schools to use as a Tier 2 or Tier 3 Intervention. For years, schools have expressed frustration with the limited amount of interventions available to help school-avoidant students and their families. 

We now have a solution for you!

Our parent course is a gift of psychoeducation, support, and hope that schools purchase to provide their families with a comprehensive education on school avoidance. 

It provides an immediate intervention (RTI) at the first signs of chronic absenteeism or for students who have been out of school for an extended time. Early interventions and parent-school collaboration consistently improve outcomes! Our parent course is an indispensable tool to promote both.

Educational Institutions That Use Our Nationally Recognized Programs

Clay County
NY Foundling
scanlan school of mental health
muncie community school IN
Old Bridge
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charlotte county public schools fl
Glen Rock

Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Students Back to School

Professional Development for Educators

This course is for school professionals to gain a comprehensive education on school-avoidant absenteeism.

It was created to help your school psychologists, school counselors, social workers, school nurses, student services and student support teams, principals, teachers, truancy, and attendance staff. 

Providing this professional development to your staff is a foundational component to reduce chronic absenteeism and get your students back to learning.



What Parents & Professionals Have To Say

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Start Your Journey Towards Getting your Child Back To School

Some schools don’t understand school avoidance, so parents must take on the role of advocate and educator. You may feel judged at times and resentful if you are not getting the help you need.

Don’t be discouraged; this FREE guide explains school resources & laws specific to helping kids with school avoidance access their education.

Avoid common mistakes that can delay or derail getting your child back to school.

Providing Information School Avoidance Families Need To Know

This Guide explains; 504 Plans, IEPs, Attendance Policies & More

Get Help Today with
Exclusive Access to Leading
School Avoidance Experts

Unfortunately only a small percentage of school professionals, therapists, educational advocates and policy makers understand school avoidance best practices. So, you must become the expert to ensure your child is getting:

  • Appropriate mental health treatment
  • School assistance without punitive responses (truancy, failing, grade retention)
  • Educated regardless of their school avoidance
  • A 504 plan or IEP if needed (many school avoidant kids qualify)

The time passing slowly without progress is the worst feeling. It wouldn’t have taken five years of suffering and uncertainty if I had this expert guidance during my son’s school avoidance. We would have saved $29,000 in lawyer fees and $69,000 for private schools.

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