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- For students refusing to come to school (responses from Counselor Talk, Sept. 2017):
Is there something going on at home? I’ve heard of kids who stay home to care for or protect other family members. I know it’s a long shot but maybe something to consider…
The things I’ve read talk about addressing root cause. Usually it’s anxiety or depression, but it can obviously also be boredom/disinterest or general conduct issues. Each of those requires a unique approach. From my very limited search, the most common approaches seem to be:
1) Shortened day that gradually ramps up with student comfort, starting with only courses/activities that interest the student.
2) Family therapy, including in-home sessions that address family dynamics.
3) Family rewards system for school attendance. Similarly, a punishment system for the opposite.
We have a student who refuses to come to school. It was written into his IEP that for every day he came to school without refusing and attended all classes, he could leave an hour early on that Friday. So by Friday, he could earn 5 hours at home. That worked for a while. Then, he starting coming to school and refusing to attend class and just trying to sit in the office. So, I would time how much of my time (or principal, nurse, teacher, officer, etc) it would take to get him to leave the office and go to class. So, he could have a good day on Monday and Tues and earn two hours, refuse for 30 min on Wed and be down to 1.5 hours, and so on. This was the closest we’ve come to getting him here and in class. It’s still not perfect but we have tried everything! Teachers have accepted that having him in their class 4 days a week is better than what we had before. I scheduled his resource time at the end of the day so he didn’t miss as many core classes.
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