Separation Anxiety and School Refusal

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Recently, my little girl started in a home daycare. Initially, she struggled with separation anxiety.  She has since settled down (whew!). This post has some good pointers on Separation Anxiety.

Daycare/ Preschool

Easing the Separation Process for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

Helping Your Toddler with Separation Anxiety

Positive Goodbyes

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Understanding school refusal

-A child may exhibit each behavior on this spectrum at different times

Common symptoms that could signal school refusal behavior

INTERNALIZING/COVERT SYMPTOM EXTERNALIZING/OVERT SYMPTOM
Depression Aggression
Fatigue/tiredness Clinging to an adult
Fear and panic Excessive reassurance-seeking behavior
General and social anxiety Noncompliance and defiance
Self-consciousness Refusal to move in the morning
Somatization Running away from school or home
Worry Temper tantrums and crying

Source

School Refusal: Information for Educators (NASP)

School Refusal Behavior: From Terminology to Treatment

Working Through School Refusal

what can I do when my child refuses to go to school

Anxiety and School Refusal PPT

Dealing With Separation Anxiety In Teens

Criteria for Differential Diagnosis of School Refusal and Truancy

SCHOOL REFUSAL TRUANCY

Severe emotional distress about attending school; may include anxiety, temper tantrums, depression, or somatic symptoms.

Lack of excessive anxiety or fear about attending school.

Parents are aware of absence; child often tries to persuade parents to allow him or her to stay home.

Child often attempts to conceal absence from parents.

Absence of significant antisocial behaviors such as juvenile delinquency.

Frequent antisocial behavior, including delinquent and disruptive acts (e.g., lying, stealing), often in the company of antisocial peers.

During school hours, child usually stays home because it is considered a safe and secure environment.

During school hours, child frequently does not stay home.

Child expresses willingness to do schoolwork and complies with completing work at home.

Lack of interest in schoolwork and unwillingness to conform to academic and behavior expectations.

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