School Refusal Programs for Children and Adolescents

Mental health problems can come up at any point in a patient’s life, but they are most likely to begin manifesting themselves during and immediately following adolescence. This can lead to all kinds of problems at school, often including school refusal behaviors. Parents who are concerned about their children’s school refusal behaviors may find that an outpatient mental health facility offers the perfect solution.

School Refusal Behaviors

Common school refusal behaviors include complaints of being ill immediately upon waking up that resolve themselves as soon as the child or adolescent is offered permission to remain at home. Other common behaviors such as showing up late to class or refusing to show up at all, especially on test days or during class events that may trigger anxiety, can have a severely detrimental effect on school performance. Panic attacks, crying spells, and temper tantrums can all be indicators of underlying mental health problems that may require the help of a professional.

School Refusal Programs

The goal of dedicated outpatient school refusal programs is to give children and young adults access to the care they need in order to learn adequate coping strategies that can help reduce their anxiety regarding school and school performance. When they participate in these programs, they will receive dedicated attention from child or adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, and nurses. These professionals will work in conjunction with each other to develop individual treatment plans for their patients designed to address psychiatric symptoms and help patients develop effective coping skills.

School Transition

Once a child or adolescent has completed a school refusal day treatment program, he or she will also be enrolled in a dedicated transition program designed to facilitate the transition back into normal school activities. This will usually involve setting up meetings with parents and school officials and evaluation to determine whether or not ongoing outpatient care will be needed once this transition process has been completed.

What to Expect

Parents who want to learn more about these and other outpatient programs designed for children and adolescents can visit for additional information. If it seems like their children may benefit from enrollment in a dedicated school refusal program or another type of outpatient program, parents can call Compass Health Center to set up an initial evaluation with a licensed professional. Encouraging and facilitating the ability to perform well at school is one of the key components of helping children who are suffering from mental health problems develop the coping mechanisms they need to find success in life, so don’t hesitate to call.


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