Dr.Joel L. Young’s article makes a very important point; school refusal is not a behavioral problem but a form of anxiety that demands treatment and not punishment. He goes on to provide good first steps for getting help.
“Some kids simply refuse to go to school, or fight going to school so hard that each morning becomes a miserable battle. This phenomenon, known as school refusal, isn’t a behavior problem. You can’t punish your child out of school refusal. Instead, it’s a form of anxiety that demands treatment. Here’s what you need to know….”