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School Refusal


School Refusal

It can be one of a parent’s worst nightmares—your child just says “no” to attending school, and nothing you say or do seems to help. School refusal is more common than most people realize, and it is not unusual to receive little support in your struggle. Parents can certainly feel embarrassed, angry, or just plain overwhelmed by school refusal. 

Many parents try to convince children to go to school through logic, threats, and even bribes. You may have tried these options already, and it is very likely that they have not worked, or just provided a quick fix that did not last. There comes a point where you may feel you have no choice but to drag them to school kicking and screaming. At Neurobehavioral Institute, we can help you find a better solution.

Learn More About What’s Really Causing the Refusal

Dealing effectively with school refusal is far easier said than done for most parents. Often, children with this difficulty are dealing with some kind of fear. At times, it can be related to an event that happened in school, or something they are afraid could happen in the future. The fear is often irrational and causes them to experience anxiety symptoms when they go to school. Other times, they are concerned about leaving their parents, thus causing the child to become overwhelmed with fear when they realize they will be “stuck” in school all day.

Whatever the case may be, however, making a child go to school despite their often very persuasive “objections” will usually mean that parents will have to overcome their own natural reactions to a child who seems terrified, or gets angry, or attempts to guild their parent for the decision.

Contact Us Today

Fortunately, proper assessment and treatment of school refusal can turn this potential nightmare into a manageable problem, or in some cases, eliminate it altogether. Addressing the root causes of school refusal can make the entire process easier for everyone.

To discuss your child’s school refusal with a cognitive-behavioral therapist in Weston, call 954-280-3226 today.

Neurobehavioral Institute (NBI) is a dedicated mental health center focused on the treatment of Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Related Conditions. We specialize in providing personalized care and evidence-supported Cognitive Behavioral therapies (CBT) tailored to meet your specific needs.


Get control of your life. For more information, please call us at 954-280-3226.

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