School Refusal Hope

You are not alone

School Refusal Hope is a site dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their child's school refusal.  We provide listings of different treatment programs around the country that can help children who avoid school. We also share the names of therapeutic and small boarding schools around the country where your child may thrive. We also provide support in the form of other families who have been down the same road as you.

School Refusal

"School Refusal" is sometimes also referred to as school avoidance and school phobia.  It describes a child's refusal to attend school. It can start as periodically missing school a day here and a day there. It can escalate into missing days of school at a time.  It can also lead to children to refuse going to school altogether.  Children may refuse school by crying, screaming, hiding or may complain of feeling sick. School refusal is usually related to one or more emotional disorders.  It is often seen in conjunction with anxiety, social phobia, depression, Asperger's syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder.  School refusers are not refusing school to be defiant or get attention.  There are usually underlying factors and emotional issues causing this behavior.

Living with School Refusal

School Refusal can wreak havoc on a child and their family.  It is challenging because the child may not be able to articulate why they are avoiding school. Each day the child misses school work, the more work has to be made up and this creates even more stress. Additionally, some school districts do not understand school refusal.  The district can and end up blaming the parents for not getting their child to school. Sometimes the school personnel will say the child is being manipulative and defiant.  Also, the child may feel embarrased by their school refusal and avoid their friends and create more isolation. 





Disclaimer:  This site is designed by School Refusal Hope to assist parents, family, friends and other caregivers with finding resources to understand and cope with school refusal, as well as to increase public awareness regarding school refusal.  The contents of this website are presented for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing on this website is to be construed as professional advice on medical, legal, technical or therapeutic matters.  By accessing and using the information on this site, you agree to waive any rights to hold the site developer(s), or any individual and/or group associated with this site, liable for any damage that may result from the use of the information presented.