Get Kids Back to School

Get the essential pieces of the school avoidance puzzle from five clinical psychologists, a special education attorney, and a school psychologist so you can take positive steps toward getting your child back to school

Get Kids Back to School

Get the essential pieces of the school avoidance puzzle from five clinical psychologists, a special education attorney, and a school psychologist so you can take positive steps toward getting your child back to school

Sometimes, I Feel My Child Can't Be Helped

There Is Hope!

You may feel discouraged. Yes, some days stink, ok suck!

There will be good days again and your life won't always be like this.

With the knowledge gained from our course, you will be able to address key components to getting your child back to school.

Hope is a powerful feeling that can help you persevere.

And you will regain that hope, strength, and determination once you take the Master Class.

That's what parents who have taken the class already have told us.

Our School Avoidance Master Class Instructors all have very encouraging messages within their lessons to help alleviate some of the worries and stress you carry around.

These experts successfully get kids back to school. They will explain their techniques and knowledge so your child can get there too!

Therapeutic Help

Best Practice School Interventions

Understanding Your Child's Rights (IDEA, 504s, IEPs)

Responding Helpfully at home

People usually consider hope among the most wondrous of gifts: it keeps us going when we want to quit and makes possible victories that seem unattainable.

Dr. Alex Lickerman,

The Undefeated Mind: On the Science

of Constructing an Indestructible Self

Nothing We Tried In The Past Has Helped, So Why Would This?

I get how you feel, been there, thought that!

My son went through four years of school avoidance. I felt discouraged and hopeless many times. I spent many days crying, but I never gave up.

It took those four years to find the proper treatment, get our school to take responsibility, finally provide an IEP, and get him an out-of-district placement. I am grateful that he enjoyed his last two years of high school and graduated and went on to college.

If I knew what my son’s therapists should have been doing, if I knew how to respond to my son in our home correctly, if I understood IDEA, that YES my son DID qualify for an IEP, if I had a school insider explain how my school could have helped, If I understood that sharing school avoidance best practices may have been welcomed by my school (who didn't understand school avoidance), and if someone made it easy for me to learn everything from one central resource (like this course), my son wouldn't have suffered so long.

And our family would have been spared years of uncertainty.

This is the reason I created this content to cover all the essential information you need to get your child the right help right now and help you avoid the mistakes I made.

This is your opportunity to learn the specifics so you can take actionable steps toward progress.

Therapy Hasn't Helped and My Kid Won't Go Anyway

Same Here - I experienced the same with my son!

Dr. Jonathan Dalton, one of the best school avoidance therapists in the U.S. (you will meet him inside the course ), made a statement I wondered about but never heard verbalized by an expert in childhood anxiety.

As horrible as this is to hear, it's essential to know that you aren't at fault. And your child is not a failure at therapy! Please tell your kids this!

Inside the course, you will learn all about effective interventions so you can use what you learned to:

  • Ask therapists the right questions to see if they utilize these evidence-based methods.

  • Monitor and guide your child's therapy to avoid wasting valuable time and money.

  • Share these best practices with your child's therapist, school psychologist, social workers, and teachers.

It is not uncommon that kids with school avoidance will refuse therapy at one time or another.

Our School Avoidance Master Class will help give you strength during these times when you feel unsupported.

Our experts also discuss what you can do when your child won't go to therapy!

Learning from our experts will empower you. You can use this knowledge to take positive steps forward.

Only 18 % of all kids with anxiety disorders receive any treatment whatsoever. Compounding that tragedy (and this is again hard for me even to say) is that among the clinicians in the country who work with kids from a mental health standpoint, only about 12% of them are trained in the proper techniques to treat these kids with exposure therapy.

Tragically, if kids aren't given the right kind of treatment, they will not get better. And worse than that, they will believe that they cannot get better because they've seen somebody who didn't give them a treatment that works.

In The School Avoidance Master Class for Parents, You Will Learn:

All about exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, which are important components for treating school avoidance, so you can inform your therapist and school what works and how it should look for your child.

How to build exposure and reintegration plans so you can guide your school to ensure they are using best practices and evidence-based treatment.

Learn about the role of avoidance to understand how your child feels, and how you can help break the cycle of avoidance.

Get inside access to a school psychologist to understand how schools work, who you should be working with, and what the school can do to help your child.

Hear about a real students' case who had school refusal. You get to hear step by step how the school got their student back to school.

Learn helpful solutions when you have a child that will not go to therapy.

Learn how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 protect and help our school-avoidant children.

Learn to communicate with your child in a way that extinguishes your child's anxiety.

How to respond and handle your child at home. This is often overlooked, but it is an essential component of helping our kids. This course provides parental guidance and strategies that will give you confidence in your ability to help your child improve.

Learn about the four functions of school refusal behavior to know what treatments and strategies are recommended to help your child.

Learn about schools' capabilities and resources so you know what to ask for and what your rights are.

Get valuable advice from a leading special education attorney. He explains the school's responsibility and the disability laws that protect your school-avoidant child's right to an education.

How to deal with body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) that some kids with anxiety have. Our instructor Dr. Piacentini from UCLA, has a lab and clinic dedicated to this specialty.

Learn how modifying the attendance policy should be part of a reentry plan so you can help educate your school about this crucial part of the intervention.

Learn about accommodations and modifications your school can use to help get your child back into school.

Answers to common questions parents have about CBT, functional behavioral assessments, and much more!

Get an Introduction to the School Refusal Assessment Scale (SRAS-R) from Dr. Anne Marie Albano, one of the authors! It is used worldwide to help determine the causes of a child's school avoidance.

Learn parental strategies to empower your child to persist in the face of fear.

Parent Peer-to-Peer Support is One of the Pillars of Treating School Avoidance

Dr. Glenn Melvin, a well-known school avoidance researcher, associate professor & clinical counseling psychologist from Melbourne, Australia, says Parent Peer-to-Peer Support is one of the pillars of treating school avoidance.

He says, "The shared experiences these parents have creates a sense of camaraderie, comfort, and strength. And in return, it provides encouragement, hope, and determination to keep moving forward."

  • School avoidance is stressful and difficult for a multitude of reasons. It makes sense that parents can get depressed and anxious.

  • It’s a lot to handle. It tests our relationships, resolve, strength, and ability to get out of our beds each morning.

So, we are thrilled to announce that when you buy the School Avoidance Master Class for Parents, we are giving you a free membership to our weekly peer-to-peer parent support group.

We know that ignorance and lack of understanding are reasons many families feel isolated, blamed, and judged. And jeez, what a horrible time for us to feel alone; this is when we need the most support and kindness!

We are getting great feedback from our support group parents. They say that they are grateful to connect with other families who understand them.

Our Experts Work at These Prestigious Organizations

Our Experts Work at These Prestigious Organizations

Meet The School Avoidance Master Class Experts

Dr. Dina Nunziato

Clinical Director -

The Anxiety Institute

Dr. Dina Nunziato is the Clinical Director of the Anxiety Institute in Greenwich, Connecticut. They provide partial treatment programs and customizable outpatient services for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and school avoidance.

Dr. Nunziato has helped young adults in anxiety-related clinical and educational settings for twenty years. She specializes in Cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Her research and publications include using evidence-based mindfulness techniques to support anxiety management, academic success, and emotional well-being.

Most recently, Dr. Nunziato completed a doctoral dissertation entitled Embodied Learning Communities of Practice in Addressing College Student Anxiety.

Ph.D Anthony Puliafico

Director Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders (CUCARD)- Columbia University

Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D. is an associate professor of medical psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He serves as director of CUCARD Westchester, an outpatient clinic in Westchester, NY. Dr. Puliafico also directs CUCARD Westchester's Anxiety Day Program, which provides daily treatment programming for adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and school avoidance.

Dr. Puliafico frequently presents on the topic of school avoidance and consults with schools and local agencies on supporting youth and families struggling with school avoidance. Dr. Puliafico is the co-author of "The OCD Workbook for Kids" and is a co-developer of the CALM Program for young children with anxiety.

Dr. Anne Marie Albano

Founder - Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders (CUCARD) - Columbia University

Dr. Albano is a Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University and board-certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology. She is the Founder and Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)in New York City.

Dr. Albano has co-authored over 200 articles and chapters, conducts clinical research, supervises the research and clinical development of interns and postdoctoral fellows in psychology and psychiatry, and is involved in the advanced training of senior clinicians in CBT. One of her most well-known works is co-authoring "Children and You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life" with Leslie Pepper.

She has been awarded the "Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Clinical Activities" distinction by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Dr. Jonathon Dalton

Founder, Director -

Center for Anxiety & Behavioral Change

Dr. Dalton is one of our country's leading psychologists treating kids with school avoidance and anxiety disorders. He is a fierce advocate, educating others that evidence-based treatments, such as CBT, are vital to helping kids with school avoidance and severe anxiety disorders.

He is a licensed psychologist, founder, and director of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioural Change (CABC) in Rockville Maryland. He specializes in treating anxiety disorders in children and teens, focusing on anxiety-based school refusal.

He completed two years of pre-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – Kennedy Krieger Institute and advanced postdoctoral training at the Maryland Center for Anxiety Disorders at the University of Maryland.

Dr. John Piacentini

Director, Child Anxiety Resilience

Education and Support (CARES) Center - UCLA

Dr. Piacentini is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Chief of Child Psychology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and directs the Center for Child Anxiety, Resilience, Education and Support (CARES), and the Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Dr. Piacentini has authored over 300 scientific publications, including seven books, and has received numerous NIH and other grants assessing the etiology, assessment, and treatment of childhood anxiety, OCD, tic disorders, and adolescent suicide.

He is chair of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for the TLC Foundation for BFRBs, SAB Co-Chair for the Tourette Association of America, former president of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Krystina Dawson

School Psychologist & Founder -

Center for One Consulting

Krystina Dawson, M.S.Ed., is a certified school psychologist and special education administrator in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is experienced and dedicated to leading teams and building plans to reintegrate kids with school avoidance back into school.

She is an adjunct professor at Iona College, teaching graduate classes for mental health students and future school psychologists. such as: "Consultation and Collaboration in Schools," "Social Psychology," "Psychological Aspects of Sexual Health," "Contemporary Issues in School Psychology," and "Exceptional Individuals."

Krystina is the founder of a private consulting agency, Center for One, which supports families and unique learners through the special education process.

Andrew Meltzer, Esq.

Special Education Attorney - Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler

Andrew Meltzer is a special education attorney at the Law Firm of Sussan, Greenwald, and Wesler in New Jersey. He was just honored as a Super Lawyer, a listing of top attorneys in the United States.

Andrew specializes in special education law and works every day protecting the educational and disability rights of kids and their families. He is experienced in helping school avoidant students get back into their school or an out-of-district placement.

He was a classified student (with an IEP) who conquered his learning differences and now helps special needs students attain the success in school and life they are capable of through his advocacy.

This Master Class Is For You If...

  • You want to learn how the leading child anxiety clinics in the U.S. help their school avoidance clients and families.

  • You want to understand why CBT and exposure therapy are helpful to school avoidance kids and getting them back to school.

  • You want to know what CBT and exposure therapy should look like in practice to ensure your child is receiving that therapy correctly.

  • You want to learn how the cause of your child’s school avoidance will dictate their treatment plan.

  • You are not sure if your school is helping you get your child back to school in every way they could.

  • Your school is not helping you get your child back to school, and you want to know your rights and what they can do.

  • Your child won’t leave their room, and you don’t know what to do.

  • Your school doesn't want to provide accommodations or modifications for your child to help them get back to school.

  • You want guidance and strategies that give you confidence in your ability to help your child improve.

  • If I want to pull my child out of school, how do I protect our rights and the possibility of having our current school pay for the new placement?

  • You are confused about IEPs and 504s and how they help kids with school avoidance.

This Master Class Will Help You If...

  • You want to know about schools' capabilities and resources, so you know what to ask for and what your rights are.

  • Your child won’t see a therapist, and you don’t know what to do.

  • Your school is unsure how to help your child.

  • You want to hear from an experienced school psychologist, special education attorney, and expert clinicians on what your school can do to help your child.

  • Your school says they can’t modify the attendance policy for your child, and you are not sure if that is correct.

  • You want your school to build a reintegration plan to help your child back to school, but they don’t know-how.

  • Your school is responding punitively to your child who has school avoidance.

  • You can’t take it anymore, and you want to pull your child out of school to homeschool them.

  • You feel unsure about responding helpfully to your child at home.

  • You do not know how to help your child who is anxious.

  • You sometimes feel exasperated, scared, or overwhelmed.

  • You want to ensure you are doing the right things to get your child back to himself and back to learning.


The School Avoidance Master Class for Parents

I am so excited to bring you this Master Class!

Never before have parents had access to this level of experienced professionals sharing comprehensive and specific information that you can use right away.

You will get answers to questions such as:

Can my school modify the attendance policy for my child?

What do child anxiety specialists think about taking kids out of school?

How do we know when our child needs a higher level of care and what that may look like?

Can our school punish my child for a manifestation of their disability?

At what point should I hire a special education attorney & educational advocate?

Can I hear a real-world step-by-step reintegration plan that worked?

What strategies and responses will help me teach my child they can persist in the face of fear?

How can I communicate with my child in a way that extinguishes my child's anxiety?

Which treatments should I be utilizing that are best for my child?

What do I do if I cannot find a qualified therapist? or what if my child refuses to go? and much more!

You will hear from 5 leading clinicians, a special education attorney experienced in helping school avoidance families, and a school psychologist who gets students with school avoidance back to school.

They are the school avoidance expert dream team.

This one-of-a-kind video class gives you access to leading school avoidance experts who share what you need to know to help your child back to school.

The Master Class is a result of

10,000+ hours of research, expert interviews, educators, advocates, and special education attorneys

  • 9 months of content creation, discussions, meetings, copywriting, rewrites, editing, and production
  • 4-6 months of planning and scheduling our expert instructors for time to plan and record content
  • 1000s of families we have helped along the way with free support, guidance, advice, and referrals

Get The Master Class

How Do I Know If This Master Class

Will Be Helpful For Me?

The course lessons are based on the needs, experiences, and insights of hundreds of conversations with:

  • School avoidance families
  • Private group conversations with families
  • Master Class instructors
  • Special education attorneys
  • Education advocates
  • School mental health professionals

The topics and questions were discussed at length with our expert instructors for their feedback. We made sure every lesson in this course is:

  • Relevant
  • Actionable
  • Easy to understand
  • Valuable

Even though our kids are all different, there are common challenges that all school avoidance families face such as:

  • Therapy options
  • Kids who refuse therapy
  • Getting your school to help
  • Understanding your child's right to a Free Appropriate Education (FAPE)

This course is appropriate for every stage of school avoidance. It applies to kids from kindergarten through high school. Whether it just started or you have been on this journey for several years. Of course, each will be tailored and nuanced to meet the needs of each individual child and their circumstances.

There are four major components to helping kids with school avoidance as noted below:

  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Parental and school strategies and responses
  • Your school's role
  • U.S. educational and disability laws

These distinct pieces of the puzzle are exactly why school avoidance is tricky to address. It's pretty darn difficult to wrangle all this information on your own, sort through the BS, understand it, and take care of yourself, your child, and your family all at once! So, all the experts in our Master Class address each component for you, saving you time, money, worry, frustration.....and most of all, saving your child. This is why we created the Master Class.

What Parents & Professionals Are Saying About Us

What a great resource!! I can only say that I wish you had been around ten years ago for my son. I am glad to find you now; I have sent your links to the father of a student at the school where I work. We have a small staff and no school social worker, but I recognize the signs and am in touch with the child and her dad. So a big thank you for being here and providing so much great information

Nancy T.

School Administrator

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the moon and back. Over 4 years not one person, lawyers, advocates, or family. friends have helped as much as you have and care.

I’m thankful I found your website. I’ve never met a person as true and helpful as you when it comes to school refusal and helping my son.

Words cannot explain my gratitude that there’s still somebody in the world that actually cares.

Robert M.


I recently stumbled upon your website and am in the midst of a very challenging time with my 8-year-old son at school. . Thank you so much for your help and guidance.

Sam W.


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Andrea L.

ADHD Specialist

It's so reassuring to have the support of a parent that has the same experience. I have already come to the conclusion that this is School Avoidance. I also have my first meeting with the support team at her school on March 1st.I did not know that school avoidance is a thing until today! I now feel more empires going forward with achieving a solution to this problem.

Danielle W.


Thank you for your website and Facebook Group. I have been part of your Facebook Group for 3-4 years. I found very valuable information on the website. The Facebook Group has been a source of support. My daughter did one year program online last year. I found that school on your website. I appreciate all your hard work.

Nala T.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay for the Master Class in instalments?

You can choose from few payment options available. You can pay in two. three or one instalment and you can also use your credit card.

How many modules and lessons are there in this Master Class?

All seven modules together are about 3.5 hours in total. Each module is between 30-and 42 minutes, made of several lessons that vary in length between 5-15 minutes long. The modules and lessons inside are each titled and described, so you can see what is covered and watch at your convenience.

Is the Master Class helpful for families outside the U.S. because of law regulations?

Six of the Seven Modules are applicable anywhere in the world.

The treatments and strategies the clinical experts cover in Modules 1-5 are based on internationally accepted research and successful outcomes. Module 6 is a school psychologist explaining how schools can get school-avoidant kids back to school with gradual exposure and strategic reintegration plans. Module 7 with the attorney is the only content that is only applicable in the United States.

Once I buy the class, how will I access the content?

You will get an email with your login credentials and 24/7 access to the course.

Can I share the Master Class with my school or friends?

No, this is copyright-protected content.

This is a license agreement for your personal use only.

Can I share this Master Class with my partner or spouse?

Yes Absolutely! We encourage it, so you can both be on the same page and work together more effectively to help your child.

Is this Master Class helpful for school teachers or educational advocates?

Yes! Every module teaches the keys to helping kids with school avoidance. Added bonus for you in this course is hearing a special education attorney apply IDEA and Section 504 specifically to school avoidance. And our school psychologist details how her school gets kids back and she describes a real case step by step!

Is this for health professionals who treat kids with school avoidance?

Yes! Five of the modules are taught by your mental health colleagues who have deep knowledge and school avoidance expertise. They cover exposure therapy, CBT, parental strategies, the four functions of school avoidance, and the School Refusal Assessment Scale (SRAS-R) in detail specific for school avoidance. The special education attorney and school psychologist's content will help you understand IEPs, 504s, and the school's role, so you can guide your clients correctly.

I still have questions and would appreciate the answer ASAP.

If you still have any unanswered questions about the Master Class, please email

Between 8 am-9 pm EDT

for a prompt response

The Master Class Was Created for You

To Save Time, Money, and Reduce the Amount of Time Your Child is Out of School

Would you like to feel empowered, recharged, and confident that you can indeed help your child?

The feedback from parents who have taken the Master Class says exactly that. After taking the Master Class, families said they felt empowered, and hopeful again by being armed with new and vital information to help get their kids back to school.

Knowing what kinds of therapy your child should be receiving, so you are not wasting hundreds of dollars and time invested in treatment that isn't helping.

You will learn what you can do when your child won’t see a therapist, which is quite common.

You can share this information with your therapist to help them integrate treatment recommended by leading experts in the country.

Finally, know if your school is doing everything it should be doing for your child, so you don't waste precious time wondering or hoping.

You learn how leading clinicians and school psychologists build reintegration plans, so you and your school have a framework for creating one for your child.

Getting parental strategies is also key to helping our kids; how we react to our kids is a big piece of the puzzle. When it was too late, I found out that many of my parental responses perpetuated his avoidance.

You will feel more in control and more confident in your ability to help your child and respond appropriately. And so much more!

Feel hopeful again from our expert's guidance. These professionals know how to help get kids back to school, and their goal is to help you do the same for your child!

Why do I have to pay for the Master Class for School Avoidance?

That is an understandable question. Like you, I am careful about my purchase decisions. I usually weigh the cost to benefit or return on investment. There is a lot of detailed information and a link to the Module and Lesson Descritiopns on this page to allow you to make that determination.

Our masterclass for school avoidance is a one-of-a-kind course with guidance from leading experts in school avoidance. It’s unprecedented in most coursework, let alone in the world of school avoidance. We are grateful to our instructors who agreed to share their knowledge with you through our Master Class.

The Master Class was years in the making. It is in response to the statement below, which I have heard hundreds of times from families.

"I just want a professional to tell me if what we are doing is right." Now, you can!

You can sit in front of these experts and have them explain everything you have been wondering, asking, and needing. You are paying for an unprecedented compilation of knowledge and expertise.

The value of the course is much more, but we wanted to make it as affordable as possible.

How is the Master Class different than the content on the School Avoidance Alliance website?

The Master Class gives you access to some of the most knowledgable school avoidance professionals in the field today. Their comprehensive lessons are only available in the Master Class.

They are not available on the website.

The class content comes from the minds and mouths of these experts, whereas on the website, it does not.

The content in the Master Class covers strategies that are not on our website.

The Master Class also includes answers to important questions that are not included on the website.

The Dream Team of School Avoidance teaches the Master Class. They aren't on our website.

Consider What it Will Cost You if You Don't Get This Expert Information

Worrying about your child, all the energy, frustration, and sadness when you are not sure how to help your child is the worst feeling; we get it. We have lived it too. Those were some of the darkest days, and I would have done anything to get expert guidance like this. I was a strong advocate, always reading, making phone calls, never giving up, but still wasted time and money on ineffective treatment.

And the school....whoa.....I had no idea, none!

I had never heard of an intervention team, a 504 plan, heck, who even knew there is a 504 coordinator?

What is an IEP, what is the child study team...what is the difference between an IEP and 504?

My head is spinning

It took three years for my son to get a 504 because I didn't know what I was doing. With all that time passing without progress, we got to the end of our rope. At that point, we hired an educational advocate and then an attorney helped us get an IEP.

The days pass slowly for school avoidance families. Each hour, day, week, month, or year, you may feel unsettled and worried.

Schools are the opposite. Time moves quickly for them as they move on with other responsibilities.

So, we parents see and feel the urgency, but schools do not.

Research proves that the earlier kids get back to school, the better the outcome so time is important. Waiting and wondering is not an option.

What are the costs to you, your child's, and your family's mental health, and your child’s progress if you are not getting the proper interventions?

What is it worth feeling hopeful, knowledgeable, and in control again?

You will gain strength and resolve after hearing our expert's guidance?

Feel confident in how you respond and react to your child at home?

To share evidence-based interventions with your school or clinician to help your child?

If I knew what I was doing at the beginning or middle of when my son started to miss days of school, he wouldn't have struggled so long.

As I am writing these words to you, I feel sad that it took me so long to get all the pieces of the puzzle together.

I don't want you to feel any regret. I want to make things easier and I want to help you get your child back to school.

The Master Class is for you.

What Does the School Avoidance Alliance Do With the Revenue From my Purchase of the School Avoidance Master Class for Parents?

Another good question, The School Avoidance Alliance is a Limited Liability Corporation. We are not a member-supported organization. We do not receive any form of government grants or funding, and we don’t solicit donations.

Forming the organization this way was purposeful. Fundraising and grant writing requires lots of time, money, and employees dedicated to those activities.

We feel that school avoidance is an urgent issue that needs to be addressed and improved without delay, so we created our website to share educational and supportive information parents and schools can use right away.

In addition, we actively advocate and spread awareness by connecting with stakeholders like schools, educators, school psychologists, policymakers, educational advocates, legal professionals, professional organizations, school avoidance clinicians, researchers, and the worldwide community involved in this issue.

So, this revenue allows us to keep advocating, supporting families and schools, improving, and saving kids' lives with school avoidance.

In addition to helping families, we are dedicated to increasing best practice awareness, reducing the stigma, educating schools, and creating a better world for families and their kids.

We are proud to announce that the School Avoidance Alliance has been recognized by the International Network of School Attendance Problems (INSA), the worldwide organization dedicated to school avoidance.

Jayne will be speaking at their October conference in the Netherlands about being agents of change.

To improve the flow of information between stakeholders, we can improve lives with appropriate treatment and early intervention.

We are also about to complete an educator's course to help our schools understand school avoidance and help our kids appropriately.

Why I Created The School Avoidance Master Class for Parents

Jayne Demsky

Founder, School Avoidance Alliance

Hello, my name is Jayne Demsky, and I have been where you are. As a parent who lived through years of school refusal with my child, I understand how scary, confusing, and heartbreaking it can be. I spent hours and hours online and making phone calls trying to figure out how to best help my child.

The answers were elusive and there was always more to learn.

It was exhausting, frustrating, and turned our lives upside down.

I have a feeling that some of you can relate to:

  • Taking care of your child who may be struggling
  • Many emails and phone calls to the school
  • Trying to get your child to therapy appointments
  • Worrying about your other children who are watching this all unfold and taking time away from them
  • The stress and sometimes different approaches between you and your partner

That is why I am so excited to bring you this School Avoidance Master Class for Parents.

Never before have parents had the chance to learn from multiple experienced school avoidance practitioners and professionals sharing comprehensive and real-world information you can use right away.

You will hear from five leading psychologists (clinicians), a school psychologist, and a special education attorney experienced in helping kids with school avoidance get back to school.

They are the dream team of school avoidance experts. This one-of-a-kind video class gives you access to leading school avoidance experts who share what you need to know to help your child get back to themselves and into school again.

I developed this course to provide parents with a deep level of information that can be used right away to help your child. The information you usually see about school avoidance is superficial. It never goes into detail to provide actionable advice for helping kids struggling with school avoidance.

The School Avoidance Masterclass remedies this.

You have enough stress when your child starts avoiding school.

You deserve to have essential information and resources available to you. So you have enough energy and strength to support your child's emotional needs and maintain your own sanity.

I look forward to this Master's Class helping improve outcomes, which are the lives of our kids and our families.

This is What Parents Think of the Master Class

"I would recommend this class to Everyone dealing with school avoidance. Especially before things get worse and worse. Also would be helpful for education advocates who don't have a lot of experience advocating for students with school avoidance. And the school staff too of course!!!"

"I wish I had this class in the summer of 2020. This class can make s huge difference for families at the beginning of the they don't get railroaded by the school.".

"We are grateful for Peer to Peer Parent support group. To meet and talk with other families who understand us and want to help us is very comforting."

"We finally learned how an IEP and 504 differ and everything we discussed in the support group prepared us for our school meeting. Thank you."

"The Master Class is fantastic! I learned so much valuable info-- practical tips about talking to teachers and working with school counselors as well as legal info which I have filed away. I thought I was very well informed beforehand but I still learned lots. and listening to it, I felt so supported!"

"One of the best parts is that taking the class means you also are able to take part in a weekly(!) parenting group on zoom led by Jayne who is the amazingly empathetic and incredibly knowledgeable group leader. I think that the experience of being in a small group with other parents who are thoughtful, experienced, and who really get it is absolutely invaluable!"

"The Master Class provides really invaluable and comprehensive information. I wish I could have taken this course earlier when my son wouldn't start HS...I believe if I had, I would have been able to "fight back" more effectively when I had to request an eval for IEP 3 times & my son missed a whole year of school.".

"I didn't understand a lot. I found the section of the course with the lawyer very empowering. Really good info, especially if the school avoidance is in early stages or if it has been ongoing and the school just isn't helping."

"You have put together so much critical information, which is enormously helpful. The lack of information and help for school-avoidant kids and their families is what is so frustrating and heartbreaking. Days become weeks, weeks become months, and months become years. What you are doing is really needed."

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