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(p. 189) Children Refusing School for Attention 

(p. 189) Children Refusing School for Attention
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(p. 189) Children Refusing School for Attention
Author(s):

Christopher A. Kearney

and Anne Marie Albano

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190604059.003.0006
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date: 11 December 2018

Chapter 6 describes treatment procedures for children refusing school for attention. Common behaviors in this functional group include noncompliance (refusing parent and/or teacher commands), overall disruptive behavior to stay out of school, clinging, refusal to move, tantrums, running away, constant telephoning or texting, and guilt-inducing behaviors. The major focus of treatment is the parents, and the major goal of treatment is to shift the parents’ attention away from school refusal behaviors and toward appropriate school attendance behaviors. Parents are taught to issue unambiguous commands to the child without insulting or lecturing. They are encouraged to set up and adhere to a morning routine is discussed. The importance of identifying and consistently applying rewards and consequences is emphasized.

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