Overcoming School Refusal

By: Joanne Garfi

Overcoming School Refusal

School refusal affects up to 5% of children and is a complex and stressful issue for the child, their family and school. The more time a child is away from school, the more difficult it is for the child to resume normal school life. If school refusal becomes an ongoing issue it can negatively impact the child's social and educational development.
Psychologist Joanne Garfi spends most of her working life assisting parents, teachers, school counsellors, caseworkers, and community policing officers on how best to deal with school refusal. Now her experiences and expertise are available in this easy-to-read practical book.
Overcoming School Refusal helps readers understand this complex issue by explaining exactly what school refusal is and provides them with a range of strategies they can use to assist children in returning to school. Areas covered include:

types of school refusers

why children refuse to go to school


short term and long term consequences

accurate assessment

treatment options

what parents can do

what schools can do

dealing with anxious high achievers

how to help children on the autism spectrum with school refusal

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