Getting Your Child Back to School: A Parent's Guide to Solving School Attendance Problems, Revised and Updated Edition (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780197547496

Christopher A. Kearney
256 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Apr 2021
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A collection of accessible and scientifically proven strategies for parents struggling with school attendance problems in children of all ages. School attendance problems are a common and worrisome challenge faced by many parents. Even in milder forms, poor school attendance can increase the risk of social, behavioral, and academic problems in childhood and adolescence, and even into adulthood. Unfortunately, parents often have trouble understanding their children's school attendance issues and are uncertain about how to help. Getting Your Child Back to School is intended for parents grappling with school attendance problems at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Covering a wide variety of attendance problems and special circumstances, the book offers practical, step-by-step strategies parents can use themselves, including asking the right questions, evaluating the severity of the problem, and knowing whom to consult. Parents will learn to change a child's negative thoughts around school, establish a clear and predictable morning routine, and set up a system of rewards for going to school. New to this edition is material on very severe and chronic cases, including discussion of educational alternatives; mindfulness approaches and parent involvement strategies; teletherapy and other options for young people who have been out of school for an extended period; and more extensive guidance on working with school officials. Easy to read and filled with concrete strategies, this book was the first of its kind dedicated to educating and arming parents with the tools they need to resolve their children's absenteeism; this new edition continues to offer the best available scientifically-proven guidance for parents determined to get their kids back to school.


1. What is School Refusal Behavior?
2. Different Types of School Refusal Behavior?
3. Children who Refuse School to Avoid General Distress
4. Children who Refuse School for Attention
5. Children who Refuse School to do More Fun Things Outside of School
6. Prevention and Special Circumstances

About the author: 

Christopher A. Kearney, PhD is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Director of the UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Dr. Kearney's research interests include school attendance problems, selective mutism, posttraumatic stress disorder in maltreated youth, perfectionism, and other anxiety-related conditions in children and adolescents. He has published several books and numerous book chapters and journal articles on these topics.

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