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Student School Refusal: What it is and What to do

Student School Refusal: What it is and What to do - The School Solution

Student School Refusal: What it is and What to do – The School Solution

When your son or daughter refuses to go to school, it can be one of the most stressful situations you have ever found yourself in as a parent. At first, you may feel incredibly frustrated, but that frustration can quickly turn to heartbreak when you see they are suffering. When a child refuses to go to school, it is often a symptom of a much deeper issue.

Underlying Issues

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association, school refusal is often a symptom of anxiety or depression in children and teens. Defined as “the disorder of a child who refuses to go to school on a regular basis,” school refusal may be a sign that a psychiatric assessment is needed. Feelings of insecurity, fear, and panic can be driving a student’s school refusal, and the longer they continue the harder it gets. The more school they miss, the harder it is for them to catch up and get back on their feet. Hope is not lost, however. There are resources available for you and your child.

Help for Student School Refusal

If psychiatric evaluation and therapy methods haven’t been doing enough for your son or daughter, it may be a good time to consider educational alternatives instead. The structure of traditional schooling can be detrimental to a child or teenager with anxiety and depression and finding an educational method better suited for them can yield amazing results. However, it can be challenging to sift through all the options to determine which is the best fit for your child. Education is so important, and that decision can feel daunting. That’s where The School Solution comes in.

The School Solution

An educational consultant like Karen Mabie of The School Solution can be an irreplaceable resource when searching for the help your child needs. It can mean the difference between finding a fine educational alternative and finding an excellent one.

When therapeutic educational consultant Karen Mabie founded The School Solution, she made it her mission to help struggling adolescents find the educational and/or therapeutic setup that is best for their individual needs. Student school refusal is just one of the many issues The School Solution works with. These issues often get in the way of the crucial time in your child’s life when their brain is developing, and educational intervention is of the utmost importance.

Karen Mabie, a professional Education Consultant and board member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, visits over 60 schools per year in order to evaluate the therapeutic and academic services they have to offer. Her thorough and passionate work has earned her the designation of “Certified Educational Planner,” the highest level of standards in professional educational consulting. Her extensive experience in educational psychology and consulting equip her with the tools needed to find a perfect fit for each student who comes her way.

Our Process

When parents contact The School Solution regarding student school refusal, they may have run out of resources and perhaps even energy. Karen meets each client with a non-judgmental, structured and determined approach, believing every child can thrive if given the right environment.

After speaking with family members, teachers, and mental health professionals, Karen and the other highly renowned staff members of The School Solution use this information to determine the child’s needs and strengths. From there, Karen will contact the programs that are the best fit and help you decide where your child will flourish. Because of this, The School Solution is a trusted and successful resource for students and their families.

The Time is Now

There is a wide variety of educational options for students who are refusing to attend school. Your child still has time to find peace of mind and academic success if you act now. Don’t wait until your son or daughter has missed too much to catch up.

Call The School Solution today at 847-242-0865 or email Karen at kmabie@theschoolsolution.com. There is a place for your child, and we can help you find it. Connect with The School Solution on Facebook and LinkedIn and sign-up for their blog & newsletter.




Our capable daughter was struggling in Middle School. We had tried neuropsychological testing, tutors and therapy to no avail. What was going on? Clearly she was frustrated.

- Boarding school parent



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