Is Your Child Struggling With School Refusal? – Shrinking It Down

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Topics: Behavioral Issues

Does your child get stomachaches at the thought of going to school? Does your younger child throw temper tantrums? Does your teenager spend all day in the school counselor’s office, or even refuse to leave the house? When kids struggle to go to school, it can be a challenging situation. And nearly two years into the pandemic, child psychiatrists Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins are hearing more concerns about this kind of behavior from the kids and parents they work with.

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Today, Gene and Khadijah talk through what school refusal is, how to recognize signs of it in your child, and how to help. School refusal is very treatable. But identifying the root cause and responding quickly is key. Tune in for more!

Plus, Gene shares the Clay Center’s 2022 word of the year…

We hope that our conversation will help you to have yours. Have a question or comment? Write to us!

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Music by Gene Beresin

Episode produced by Sara Rattigan

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Khadijah Booth Watkins

Khadijah Booth Watkins, Associate Director

Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD, MPH, is associate director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Associate Director of the Child and...

To learn more about Khadijah, or to contact her directly, please see Our Team.

Gene Beresin

Gene Beresin, Executive Director

Gene Beresin, MD, MA is executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also...

To learn more about Gene, or to contact him directly, please see Our Team.