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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Many children and teenagers refuse to attend school or have anxiety-related
difficulties remaining in classes for an entire day. School refusal behavior
can contribute to a child's academic, social, and psychological problems,
impact a child's chances for future educational, financial, and personal
success, and significantly affect family functioning. Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for youth who
exhibit this behavior.
This Therapist Guide outlines four treatment protocols based on CBT principles
that can be used to effectively address the main types of school refusal
behavior. The Guide concentrates on four primary reasons why children typically
refuse school to relieve school-related distress, to avoid negative social or
evaluative situations at school, to receive attention from a parent or a
significant other, and to obtain tangible rewards outside of school
This manual includes tools for assessing a child's reasons for school refusal
behavior and is based on a functional, prescriptive model. It presents
well-tested techniques arranged by function to tailor treatment to a child's
particular characteristics. Each treatment package also contains a detailed
discussion of special topics pertinent to treating youths with school refusal
behavior, such as medication, panic attacks, and being teased. A corresponding
workbook is also available for parents, who often play an important part in a
child's recovery. This comprehensive program is an invaluable resource for
clinicians treating school refusal behavior.