Breaking the Chains of School Avoidance: The Power of Exposure Therapy

School avoidance, a distressing phenomenon characterized by persistent and excessive reluctance or refusal to attend school or engage in school-related activities, can have far-reaching consequences on a child’s academic progress, social development, and emotional well-being. While the roots of school avoidance can be multifaceted, ranging from anxiety disorders and social difficulties to academic stress and […]

Unraveling Anxiety: How To Guides Yourself Through the Anxiety/Avoidance Cycle

Anxiety can turn everyday tasks into daunting challenges. From answering the phone to attending social gatherings, individuals grappling with anxiety often find themselves caught in a cycle of fear and avoidance. This avoidance only serves to reinforce anxiety, making it even more difficult to confront fears in the future.   Understanding the Anxiety/Avoidance Cycle The […]

Unveiling the Impact: How Anxiety Affects Teenagers

Anxiety is a common and often debilitating mental health issue that affects people of all ages, but its impact on teenagers can be particularly profound. As adolescents navigate the challenges of adolescence, they are often confronted with academic pressures, social expectations, hormonal changes, and existential uncertainties. In this article, we will explore the various ways […]

Navigating Tantrums and Meltdowns: Strategies for Parents and Caregivers

Tantrums and meltdowns are common occurrences in childhood, but they can be particularly challenging for parents and caregivers to manage. Whether it’s a toddler’s explosive outburst or an older child’s meltdown, understanding the underlying causes and employing effective strategies can help diffuse these situations and support the emotional well-being of the child. This article delves […]

Unveiling Pathological Demand Avoidance: Understanding the Signs

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a complex behavior profile that is increasingly recognized within the autism spectrum. Characterized by an individual’s overwhelming need to avoid everyday demands and expectations, PDA is rooted in anxiety and an intense aversion to feeling controlled. This unique condition requires a nuanced understanding, especially in identifying its signs, to ensure […]

Decoding Dyscalculia: A Guide to Recognizing Math Learning Challenges in Children

In the diverse landscape of learning differences, dyscalculia stands out as a specific learning disability that significantly impacts an individual’s ability to understand numbers and perform mathematical calculations. Often overshadowed by its more widely recognized counterpart, dyslexia, dyscalculia receives less attention but poses equally challenging obstacles for those affected. This article aims to shed light […]

Strategies to Prevent Passing Anxiety onto Your Children

In today’s fast-paced world, where stress and anxiety are often seen as commonplace, a significant concern for parents is the inadvertent transmission of these feelings to their children. Anxiety can be contagious, and without intending to, parents might find themselves passing on their anxieties to their kids, affecting their well-being and outlook on life. This […]

Bridging the Gap: A Comprehensive Guide to Combating Truancy in Schools

Truancy, a symptom of the broader issue of absenteeism in schools, poses significant challenges to educational institutions and societies at large. It is a multifaceted problem that requires a nuanced understanding and a strategic approach to address effectively. As educators and school leaders grapple with increasing rates of absenteeism, it becomes crucial to dissect its […]

How School Leadership Effectively Responds to School Avoidance

There are Five Tenets that will create a positive impact on addressing School Avoidance: Raise Awareness Identify and Respond to Student Attendance Data Address Root Causes of School Avoidance Evaluate System Effectiveness Refer to Appropriate Supports Raise awareness: It is imperative that all school community members are fully aware of the effects of chronic absenteeism. […]

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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.

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