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(p. 115) Children Refusing School for Attention
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(p. 115) Children Refusing School for Attention
Author(s):

Christopher A. Kearney

and Anne Marie Albano

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190604080.003.0006
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date: 11 December 2018

Chapter 6 outlines treatment procedures for children refusing school for attention. Such children may be refusing parent and/or teacher commands and showing overall disruptive behavior. Other behaviors may include clinging, refusal to move, tantrums, running away, constant telephoning or texting, and guilt-inducing behaviors. The major focus of treatment is the parents. The major goal of treatment is to shift parental attention away from school refusal behaviors and toward appropriate school attendance behaviors. Parents learn to issue unambiguous commands to the child without insulting or lecturing. They are encouraged to set up and adhere to a morning routine. The importance of identifying and consistently applying rewards and consequences is also emphasized.

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