How to Address School Avoidance Behavior

Learn How to Address School Avoidance Behavior in Your District

School-Avoidance-BehaviorYou’ve probably heard a list of creative (and maybe not so creative) reasons why students don’t want to go to school. As a school administrator, it is vital to strategize and implement school avoidance strategies that work. Research shows, when kids attend school regularly, they are the most likely to achieve greater academic success and potentially have a higher level of self-esteem. So, how can you approach school avoidance behavior in your district and carry out these strategies effectively?

Tackling school avoidance anxiety in students requires a team approach. Consider yourself a team leader, and your therapists, teachers, and parents essential team members who play crucial roles in motivating students. The first step to tackling school avoidance behavior even before collaborating with your team of professionals is educating yourself. That’s where PTS comes in!

School Avoidance Behavior: A Featured Topic of PTS’ Administrator’s Retreat

Join PTS on November 8th for PTS’ 2018 Administrator Retreat and learn from the experts about the most successful ways to improve behavioral assessments and handle school avoidance behavior. We will welcome Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard and Dr. Jonathan Ivy who will be speaking about their research on avoidance behavior in schools and functional behavior assessments with fidelity, respectively.

School-Avoidance-BehaviorSpecifically during Dr. Dahlsgaard’s talk, you’ll learn effective strategies and intervention methods for managing children and adolescents in your districts who refuse to attend school. Attendees will also learn about the typical presentation of child and adolescent school refusers.

In an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dr. Dahlsgaard discussed that there are no well-established treatments for school refusal. Also, the longer a child is out of school, the harder and more stressful it is for him or her to return.

Dr. Dahlsgaard suggests a combined approach: first, helping a child develop coping strategies for getting back to school, and second, working with parents on reinforcement systems to increase attendance and eliminate “rewards” that encourage children to stay at home (television, etc.).

This two-hour workshop led by Dr. Dahlsgaard will cover a number of subtopics on how to address school avoidance syndrome including:

  • The general definition of school avoidance, with a focus on observable behaviors
  • The phenomenology of school avoidance, with facts and statistics
  • Comorbid disorders
  • The results of one functional analysis, including four major reasons children refuse to attend or avoid school
  • The role of negative reinforcement in maintaining the problem of school avoidance
  • Intervention strategies
  • And more

Want to learn more how to improve behavioral assessments and solve school avoidance behavior in your school district?  Register today for PTS’ 2018 Administrator Retreat!  If you are interested in PTS’ services for your school district, contact us today at 610-941-7020.

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