Recognizing School Phobia/Anxiety

NY Licensed Psychologists Helping Children/Family

Dr. Renee Clauselle and Dr. Francyne Zeltser are highly skilled, experienced, award-winning, and licensed practicing psychologists at Child and Family Psychology in Franklin Square, NY. They deal with childhood school phobia/anxiety.

These psychologists are devoted to helping children and families through counseling, family issues, and mental health problems that are burdensome for patients, especially children. Our esteemed doctors help youngsters and adults cope with this debilitating disorder.

School Phobia and Anxiety

Child and Family Psychology in Franklin Square, NY, see many school phobia/anxiety issues for children of all ages. It is not a safe assumption for you to declare that your child is falling apart because they don't want to go to school and would rather stay home. A true diagnosis is genuine and agonizing for the child.

While children may try this at least once in their lives, others fear leaving the safe sanctuary of their bedroom/home, and it becomes a real problem for the child and parent.

Scholionophobia: overwhelming fear of school

While this is not a diagnosis, it is a symptom of an underlying anxiety disorder. This fear goes beyond a phobia because these kids become acutely ill at the first thought of going to school. This fear,

  • Remains with the child for years
  • Causes insecurity
  • Creates intense anxiety 
  • Misses school for unknown reasons
  • May have a parent or guardian who is overprotective
  • Common from 5-6, 10-11, and upon entering high school
  • Fear of violence
  • Financial/Food problems
  • Homelessness
  • Lack of parental attention
  • Significant family changes
  • Peer pressure
  • Criticism
  • Dyslexia/Dyscalculia
  • Worry about catastrophic events


Diarrhea, headaches, nausea, vomiting, stomachaches, shaking/tremors, fear of parent separation, fear of the dark, nightmares, obsession towards safety, and tantrums

Every treatment plan is individualized and unique. However, we may incorporate talk therapy, behavior therapy, exposure therapy, and medication. It requires the proper treatment to overcome the fear of going to school. In some cases, this fear never goes away. The child is taught coping skills such as,

  • Meditation techniques
  • Breathing exercises
  • Affirmations

Need A Compassionate Psychology Professional?

Please call Dr. Clauselle and Dr. Zeltser for an appointment at (516) 750-4841 at Child and Family Psychology in Franklin Square, NY, for any child suffering from school phobia/anxiety that requires professional intervention and assistance.

We have devoted our lives to helping children and families overcome enormous problems and odds. If you have a child who refuses to attend school due to a phobia and social anxiety, we want to help. 

We are compassionate to the needs of all age levels, especially children, and our patients love to see us. All age levels find it easy and comfortable to talk with us and look forward to counseling sessions. We develop excellent relationships with our patients.

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