What to Do About School Refusal? A Conversation With Two Experts
The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Volume 10, Number 1, January 2019
Amalia Londono Tobon, MD
Chief Resident PGY-5, Solnit Integrated Training Program at Yale Child Study Center.
Wendy K. Silverman, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director at Yale Child Study Center Program for Anxiety Disorders.
Drs. Londono Tobon and Silverman have disclosed that they have no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
School refusal is a common problem, affecting up to 5% of schoolchildren. Even so, there are few clear guidelines on how to manage this problem. After seeing their article on the subject, we were able to talk with a child psychiatrist and a clinical child psychologist who focus a significant portion of their work on treating school refusal.