SCHOOL REFUSAL

GETTING DIAGNOSIS:

AFTER DIAGNOSIS:

Recognize the signs:

Thoughts:

I don’t like the recess yard

I’m no good at school anyway

It’s more fun at the mall/being at home where I can do what I want

It’s not fair that I have to go to school. I want to stay home with mum and the new baby

The other kids will laugh at me

What if grandma doesn't pick me up after school?

What if I can’t find my classroom?

Physical feelings:

Dizziness or light headedness

 

Frequent urination and/or diarrhea

 

Headaches

 

Muscle tension

 

Racing heart

 

Shaking or trembling

 

Shortness of breath or hyperventilation

 

Stomachaches or abdominal pain

 

Vomiting

Emotions:

Anger

 

Anxiety/worry/fear

 

Embarrassment

 

Irritability

 

Loneliness

 

Sadness

 

Shame

Behaviors:

Clinging or refusal to separate from a parent

 

Complaining

 

Crying or tantrums

 

Failing to turn in homework or assignments

 

Frequent phone calls or texts to a parent

 

Lying

 

Running away or hiding

 

Skipping class or cutting school

 

Trouble concentrating

 

Withdrawal from others

Children can have difficulty attending school due to a variety of factors, ranging from post-holiday blues to test anxiety, as well as peer teasing or conflict, and academic pressures. It becomes a real problem some youth struggle to attend school on a more consistent basis.

Did you know that...?

Did you know that...

More than 25% of all youth will engage in some degree of school refusal during their schooling years. .

**Please note that this does not constitue a diagnosis and does not replace professional consultation.

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