Dominion Hospital July 26, 2018

The CHOICES School Refusal Program gives families in Northern Virginia a new treatment option for children struggling to maintain school attendance.

Falls Church, VA (July 26, 2018) — Each year, 5% of all children are affected by school refusal, and up to 28% refuse school at some time.  School refusal behavior refers to child-motivated refusal to attend school and/or difficulties remaining in classes for an entire day, and represents a child’s inability to maintain age-appropriate functioning or adaptive coping to school-related stressors.

Located in Falls Church, on the main campus of Dominion Hospital, the CHOICES School Refusal Program gives families in Northern Virginia a new treatment option for children struggling to maintain school attendance.  This new program is designed to help parents and their children understand the problem at its root, and to develop targeted interventions to address the underlying reason for school refusal, including: 

  • Avoiding school-based stimuli
  • Escaping aversive social situations
  • Avoiding evaluative situations
  • Pursuing tangible rewards outside of school

School anxiety and refusal is highly treatable with the appropriate child, parent and family intervention. Dominion Hospital’s School Refusal Program is based on a model of individualized, clinically-drive, and evidenced-based care.  Dominion’s multi-disciplinary team works with families to develop an individualized plan of care for each child that will address and treat specific symptoms that prevent each child from attending school. The primary goal of the program is to reintroduce a child to the academic setting, and achieve full-time attendance, with minimal distress. 

The program works with Adolescents ages 13-17, Monday through Friday. 

To schedule an assessment with a team member, call 703-538-2872.