What You Do If You Have A Child With School-refusal Difficulties?
• Remain calm - try not to let your child see that you are worried or frustrated.
• Listen to your child and encourage him/her to share his/her feelings.
• Don't dismiss your child's feelings - everyone is afraid sometimes.
• Talk to your child's teacher about the difficulties being experienced. Explore what assistance the school can provide.
• Arrange for your child to have a medical check-up if he or she reports persistent physical complaints, such as nausea, headaches, stomach aches or diarrhea. These are often associated with anxiety.
• Seek assistance through the school counsellor or a therapist experienced in dealing with medication that reduces anxiety and treats school refusal
Every day Counts
The Victorian Government have launched the 'Every Day Counts' campaign to raise awareness about the importance of school attendance.