So let's get real for a second. Every school morning you wake up hoping "this is going to be a good day." Your morning is wrecked when your kid wakes up and doesn't want to go to school. These are the mornings you fear. Parents of school refusal kids know what I am talking about. Your day depends on how your kid wakes up. If your kid is good, you're good. If your kid is bad, you're stuck. What do you do? Do you try forcing your kid in the car, take away his/her iPad "forever," go to work and leave him/her at home..... School Refusal parents, you need help!
Join us for School Refusal: Parents as we help you step back, determine the reasons for your child's school refusal behaviors, and develop a step-by-step parenting plan to encourage your child to stay in school all day, everyday.
Randy Floyd, LSCSW
Randy is the founder of Midwest Anxiety. He is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker who is an optimist and passionate about helping people focus on what they can do rather than what they can't do. Randy believes that building a strong therapeutic relationship and tapping into a person's strengths are the most essential components of the therapeutic experience. Randy is passionate about changing the way we do mental health. He is focused on making mental health normal, a positive experience. He is also adamant about doing mental health differently. Randy believes the "old ways" suggest mental health is for the "broken" or "mentally ill." Randy believes that "Everyone Struggles." Sure. Some people struggle more than others, but everyone struggles with something. With this belief, Randy is focused on providing a wide range of programs and services to help people be mentally well ;) Go give Randy a fist bump on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Parents of school age children between the ages of 5-17 who demonstrate any of the following school refusal behaviors:
1.) Negotiations (crying, meltdowns, etc) about school attendance in the morning before school
2.) Tardy or absenteeism prior to or during school
3.) Pattern of physical complaints (headaches, stomachaches, nausea, etc) prior to or during school which result in tardiness or absenteeism
4.) Refusal to attend school
4 WEEK CLASS
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11:00am-12:00pm: "School makes me feel bad."
At times, kids demonstrate school refusal behaviors because school gives them a bad feeling such as a stomach, headache, or nausea. While your kid may not be able to identify the trigger, these negative feelings are generally triggered by a specific school situation. We will help you develop a parenting plan when your kid doesn't want to go to school when feeling bad.
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11:00am-12:00pm: “I am nervous about what other people think of me at school.”
There are many opportunities to feel judged at school such as raising your hand in class, sitting by unfamiliar peers, socializing at lunch, etc. While it is real to them, school refusal kids tend to exaggerate the frequency and intensity of these situations. It becomes much easier for anxious kids to refuse school rather than face the potential judgment of others. We will help you develop a parenting plan when your kid doesn't want to go to school because of social fears.
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 11:00am-12:00pm: “I don’t like being away from my parents.”
Some kids demonstrate school refusal behaviors because they are anxious about separating from parents. Also, kids may refuse school as a way to get attention from others. We will help you develop a parenting plan to help your kid learn how to get their emotional and physical needs met without refusing school.
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 11:00am-12:00pm: “Being at home is more fun than going to school.”
Simply, some kids like the comforts of being home rather than working through the school day. The conveniences of home make it very rewarding to refuse school. We will help you develop a parenting plan when your kid doesn't want to go to school because being home is easier than go to school.
You'll be invited to join the class portal where you'll connect with us and your classmates. We love keeping in contact with you in between class sessions to answer your questions, provide resources, and get class discussions going.
After participating in this class you're eligible to become a member of the Monthly Club. Joining the Monthly Club, you'll get more of an individualized focus and accountability than our classes but not as much of a commitment as our individual therapy. You'll get access to all our resources and the opportunity to have a one hour per month video call with one of our therapist. If you've taken one of our classes, but not sure you want to jump to individual therapy, try the Monthly Club.
You will join the class in person at Pilgrim Coffee, 12643 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66213.
You have the flexiblility of joining the class in person at Pilgrim Coffee or joining the class online. Live+Online is a great option if you are not able to attend all the sessions in person. You'll be provided a link to connect to the Live class online.
You have the flexibility of joining the class in person, online, or viewing the recorded class on your own time. Live+Online+Recorded is a great option if you want the maximum flexibility and are not able to attend all the class sessions at the scheduled date/time. You'll be provided a link to connect to the Live class online and the audio/video recordings after each class session.
Seating is limited. To guarantee an online seat, please register early.