What You Need to Know About Accommodations

There are effective new tools families and schools can use to help kids w anxiety disorders or school avoidance get back to school. These interventions have created some confusion around the meaning of the word “accommodations.”

A big challenge for schools and families right now

Children are supposed to go to school. We could equate kids going to school with adults working every day. So, when your child starts to avoid or refuse to go to school, it throws you for a loop. Going to school is their job, right? When kids begin missing school days at a time or […]

Feel Safe and Supported When You Need it Most

School avoidance is challenging on so many levels. One aspect that doesn’t get much attention is the judgment and blame assigned to parents of kids with chronic school absences. There are a few reasons for this: There has been little to no discussion, education, or awareness about school avoidance in our schools, media coverage, and […]

Just Released ! The Ultimate Guide to Working with Your School

Many 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. Introducing, the Ultimate Guide to Working with Your School. Parents get easily overwhelmed when they start hearing about IEPs and 504s […]

The Anxiety Institue Explains How To Help Your Acutely Anxious Child

School avoidance families will be nodding in agreement and appreciation when reading this series of information from Anxiety Institute Co-Founder Linda Geiger. In addition to being the CEO of a leading school avoidance treatment program, Linda is also a mother who lived through the trauma of her son’s school avoidance. Linda addresses the fundamental questions […]

Simple Steps to Get Help From Your School for School Avoidance

In this video, I explain some important, yet simple steps for working with your school at the beginning stages of school avoidance. This video will aslo help families farhter along in their journey as I explain the nuances of dealing with your school and sharing school avoidance information.

Helpful Modifications and Accommodations For School Avoidance

Working with your school is key to getting your school-avoidant child back into the building. Whether you have an intervention plan, 504 Plan, or IEP, your school can provide assistance, accommodations, and modifications. You are the leading voice for your child. When you go to meetings, be prepared with ideas of possible accommodations and modifications […]

Do Schools Address Chronic Absenteeism and School Avoidance Differently?

Chronic school absenteeism is an issue that schools, states, and the federal government have on their radar. When they talk about chronic absenteeism though, they aren’t necessarily addressing school avoidance. We looked through this State of New Jersey Chronic Absenteeism guide to learn how they advise schools. Many of their strategies are identical to what […]

The Year the Schools Refused Students

This is the first post written by L. Reddan, who is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) on a High School Counseling team, and an experienced professional helping kids with school avoidance get back to school.

L. Reddan will be writing under a pseudonym in order to speak freely about pervasive issues in our school system as it relates to school avoidance and inclusion.

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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.

Providing Information School Avoidance Families Need To Know

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

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