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Welcome! I am an author, clinical psychologist, and member of the Columbia University faculty, where I direct a clinic aimed at helping children, adolescents and adults overcome their worries and anxieties.

When Children Refuse School

Posted by: on Dec 9, 2013 | No Comments

The holiday season bring lots of cheer and good tidings for many. There’s festive dinners, family gatherings, gift-getting and gift-giving, and time off from school and work. Not to be a Scrooge and put a damper on this time of year but, this also tends to be the time when a certain, quiet, slow-growing but oh-so-devastating problem creeps up on some children and teenagers: school refusal. What tends to happen is that kids who have complaints about school here and there, who will miss school or leave class or school on occasion due to a variety of diffuse reasons (“I don’t feel well” “The teacher doesn’t like me” “I don’t like being away from home to go to school”), wind up feeling so much better and more comfortable at home during the holidays that by the first of January, they are not, I repeat, NOT moving from the house to return to school. And, it doesn’t matter if your child is 7, 14, or even 20….the school they refuse to return to can be at any level from kindergarten through to college.