School Refusal Hope

You are not alone

School Refusal Hope is a site dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their child's school refusal.  We provide listings of different treatment programs around the country that can help children who avoid school. We also share the names of therapeutic and small boarding schools around the country where your child may thrive. We also provide support in the form of other families who have been down the same road as you.

We are so glad that you found our site!

If your child is suffering with School Refusal, we want you to know there is hope.  Although, you may feel alone in this struggle, you will see that others walk or have walked in your shoes.  

We understand how your child’s pain is compounded by the lack of understanding among your friends, family, school district and your difficulty to find a solution.

Please realize there is hope. Kids can and do overcome this.

Our wish is to help families who are dealing with their child’s School Refusal by providing support, information and resources to help your child get better and back to a school environment.



This is a video of Dr. Jonathan Dalton, Director of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change in Rockville, MD./

They are an outpatient program that specializes in school refusal and anxiety.

I think he does a great job in this video explaining how CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ERP (Exposure Response Prevention) work and how they are usually first line approaches to treat school refusal.





Disclaimer:  This site is designed by School Refusal Hope to assist parents, family, friends and other caregivers with finding resources to understand and cope with school refusal, as well as to increase public awareness regarding school refusal.  The contents of this website are presented for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing on this website is to be construed as professional advice on medical, legal, technical or therapeutic matters.  By accessing and using the information on this site, you agree to waive any rights to hold the site developer(s), or any individual and/or group associated with this site, liable for any damage that may result from the use of the information presented.