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School is an important part of growing up and learning. It allows children to develop a wide range of skills, including cognitive, social, and emotional. For some students, however, attending school can be an overwhelming situation that leads to poor performance or refusal to attend. School refusal and poor performance are issues that can be addressed with the help of a mental health professional.

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An Important Part Of Growing Up

At Innerspace Counseling in Old Bridge, we strive to provide counseling services to all those who need the tools and support to live a better, happier life. In addition to providing these services through our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) to adults and teens, we also provide highly individualized children’s counseling services to kids between the ages of 8 and 11. If you would like to learn more about our services, or you want to find out if your child is a good candidate for our program, contact Innerspace Counseling to request a consultation!

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Help Your Child Improve Their School Performance

Is your child putting up a fight or having a tantrum every time you try to take them to school? When your child reluctantly goes to school, do they have poor performance? A child’s refusal to attend school or poor performance can wreak havoc on a family. Unfortunately, school refusal could be the result of an underlying issue, such as anxiety or depression. Luckily, at Innerspace Counseling in New Jersey, we can provide your child with the intensive programs (IOP and PHP) they need to learn how to express their feelings, manage their mental health, and improve their performance at school. If you are interested in learning more about our IOP and PHP programs, continue reading below or give us a call to request an appointment!

Why Is School Important?

School provides an important opportunity for children to learn and develop skills that will help them throughout their lives. It is a safe environment where they can learn academic subjects, socialize with peers, and interact with adults. Doing well in school can also give students a feeling of accomplishment, which boosts their self-esteem. Without it, your child will miss out on these important life skills and opportunities. School refusal counseling can help your child understand the importance of going to school and reframe their mindset about learning as a whole.

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Some of the signs your child may be struggling with school refusal include:

  • Loud, overwhelming meltdowns and tantrums
  • Refusing to leave home
  • Running away as a way to avoid getting in the car
  • Physical violence
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What Is School Refusal Counseling?

School refusal counseling is a mental health program designed to address the underlying issues that are leading to school refusal and poor performance. It involves working with both the child and family to develop coping strategies and work through any problems that may be causing the unwillingness to go to school or underperformance. A mental health professional can provide individual, family, or group counseling in order to help the student or family address any underlying issues.

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The Academic Development Of The Child

School refusal may be a bigger problem than you realize. In fact, approximately 2 to 5% of children experience school refusal as a symptom of a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Not only can school refusal cause unnecessary stress on the parents, but it can also cause stress and even affect the social, emotional, and academic development of the child.

Children who refuse to attend school and put up a fight to avoid it may also experience poor performance. While you may be able to get your child to attend school, the underlying mental health condition may cause a lack of focus or a lack of motivation to learn, resulting in low grades or an inability to learn.

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At Innerspace Counseling, we offer treatment for school refusal and poor performance for children throughout New Jersey. We offer Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) that are designed to help your child understand and treat the underlying reason for school refusal. These programs feature advanced therapeutic strategies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to foster self-awareness and emotional management. We can also help your child learn how to manage their mental health outside of therapy so they can live a more normal, happier life. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an appointment, reach out to us today!

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