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What are the behaviors (signs) and symptoms associated with school avoidance? What are the causes? What type of interventions will be beneficial for the child experiencing anxiety about attending school?

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This solution explains the potential causes and the behaviors (signs) and symptoms of school anxiety/avoidance in children. Interventions are also explained.

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1. What are the behaviors (signs) and symptoms associated with school avoidance? What type of interventions will be beneficial for the child experiencing anxiety about attending school?

School avoidance (school refusal or school phobia) occurs in 5 percent of children. With patience and by trying to understand why the child fears school the problem can be overcome. Remember, the school phobic child is going through a hard time and needs all of your support. Working in concert with the school is important too.

What causes school avoidance or phobia?

For young children school means spending a lot of time away from home. Not only do children miss home in the school setting, but they are faced with new experiences, challenges and pressures (both social and academic). Some children adapt very nicely into the new environment yet others miss home, a source of anxiety and fear. In some children home or family factors ...

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