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School refusal: When a child won’t go to school
- By Julia Martin Burch, PhD, Contributor
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This could be based on a deeper problem: PANS/PANDAS.
I went to school for 16 years with a lot of anxiety and social phobias. I don’t know if I could do it again. Graduated from college but was able to retain very little. Let me be clear about something. I would never let a child of mine go through what I went through. Never, never! Now, I feel as if I suffer from PTSD. Short temper, angry, negative. Not good.
Maybe the child is right to not like school.
I appreciate you saying this. My son’s school avoidance started in kinder. So I homeschooled him through 5th grade. This year, 6th grade, he decided he wanted to go to school. After a couple weeks in, the refusing started. I am torn between accepting school isn’t for him (and homeschool again) or somehow forced big him to go, which is impossible because he’ll just run away from the school. But I’m getting pressured to make him work through this.
Make staying home boring- is totally counter-productive and defeats the purpose of resolving “school refusal” problem. Home is the safest and best haven for all of us including children to return to! What if a child that refuses to go to school, refuses to go home? Where is he or she supposed to go?
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