The School Avoidant Child: A Collaborative Approach to Fostering Change (No cost for TMI PLC Members)

The School Avoidant Child: A Collaborative Approach to Fostering Change 

School avoidance is a significant challenge facing today’s schools.  This workshop will discuss etiology and collaborative intervention, with school staff as key players in fostering positive change.  We will reinforce the understanding that all learners are individuals, each with their own learning styles and characteristics. Additionally, workshop participants will: 

  • examine the importance of fostering a safe, inclusive learning environment for all students so that they may feel comfortable and free to participate in school;
  • discuss the importance of identifying the function of behaviors associated with school avoidance and anxiety;
  • examine and identify potential intervention to appropriately address related behaviors; and
  • foster an understanding of the importance of professional reflection, to continually ask, “What might I do differently in order to help this child?”

Essential questions to be addressed include:  What is school avoidance? What is at the root of the increases in cases of students avoiding school? What are the avenues in which school avoidance can be addressed?  What interventions may prove helpful in addressing school avoidant behaviors? What role does the application of the principles of applied behavior analysis play in addressing school avoidant behaviors? What is the role of school staff in addressing school avoidance and associated behaviors? Resources will be shared with participants to assist in understanding the function of behaviors associated with school avoidance, to assist in accessing community-based supports, and to foster a sustainable plan to address school avoidance in individual students.  

Audience: PK-12 General and Special Education Teachers, CST Members and Administrators;
Instructor: Scott Rossig, M.Ed, BCBA; TMI Associate, Special Education Specialist and Lead Consultant 
Location: Virtually Delivered

Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email TMI Education at [email protected] or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective TMI Education website workshop page. If TMI Education cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

  • a full refund;
  • transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
  • credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)


Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 12:30 to 15:30
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