Refusal to attend school is a form of teen anxiety that affects an estimated 2-5% of children, especially during the years of 5-7 and 11-14. This can begin in several ways, including illness symptoms that keep them home, just to have the symptoms disappear later in the day. They may also frequently see the school nurse, needing to return home due to illness, or miss the bus repeatedly. If you have a child that is showing signs of school refusal, there may be something deeper going on.
Teen school refusal is a symptom of something else that is triggering this behavior. Your teen may have separation anxiety, be a victim of bullying and even can be afraid for your health. Getting to the root of the issue is the only way to quell this anxiety and give them a chance to receive the education and social interaction they need for development. At Nathan’s Waypoint, we can help you identify the symptoms of school refusal and find the appropriate treatment for your child to recover.
Treatment for Teens that Refuse to Attend School
Teen school refusal can cause a major disruption in your life. Not only is your child missing out on their education, it can take you or your spouse away from your jobs and other activities. Your entire family can be impacted by a teen refusing to attend school, making it imperative to find treatment or therapy that can help overcome this behavior.
Treatment will depend on what the underlying cause is for your child. Separation anxiety will need a different approach than a teen that is being bullied at school. Cognitive behavior therapy is one option that is often used for teen school refusal, along with desensitization techniques and other treatment options.
If you have a teen that refuses to attend school and need assistance determining the right course of action, contact us today for a free consultation. We can help find a solution.