EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the finale of a three-part series on back-to-school anxiety by the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada. Part 1 was published on Wednesday, and part 2 was published on Thursday.
There are a number of intervention strategies for combating school avoidance, many more than can be discussed here. The following provides a brief overview. If you suspect that your child or a child you work with is struggling with school avoidance, speak to a professional counsellor, doctor or psychologist to obtain more information.
For students whose avoidance behaviour is driven by depression, effective interventions might include cognitive behavioural therapy, prescription medication, gradual re-entry to school and rewards for school attendance.
A different approach might be take for separation anxiety-driven school avoidance behaviour. Teachers can encourage students to bring a “transitional object” from home (e.g. a favourite stuffed animal) and to take a special object home from school, such a drawing or a book, during the first couple of weeks of school to help the student feel more comfortable. Continue reading