Many youth attempt to avoid school. In fact, feigning sickness or negotiating to avoid school is attempted by most children at some point. For some youth, this behavior becomes a pattern, and this pattern becomes a daily battle that includes crying, screaming, and aggression. Individuals with school avoidance engage in these behaviors for a variety of reasons, but in most cases anxiety plays a significant role in the desire to avoid school.
If an individual has a history of attending school without avoidance, and then begins refusing, crying, or becoming aggressive when you attempt to get them to school more days than not, further assessment from a clinician may be necessary to determine whether the individual is experiencing mental health difficulties.
School Avoidance-oriented services at BCSC: