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The Attendance Recovery Team

School avoidance and attendance problems present school systems and parents with particularly difficult challenges. The reasons why students are unable, or unwilling, to attend school routinely are varied, often requiring a variety of different assessments and intervention approaches. Although the goal is usually the same - to help students reintegrate back into their public school communities and progress academically, socially, and emotionally – the roads which lead to that goal may be quite different.

The Attendance Recovery Program uses a motivational enhancement approach which is non-therapeutic and focuses on enhancing attendance and academic success. It utilizes a specific methodology consisting of approximately 4-6 consultation sessions with an attendance recovery team. The team includes one educational and one clinical professional. The first step is an evaluation of the student’s overall motivation and change-readiness.

If the student is ready to engage the Attendance Recovery Program, the team will:

School avoidance and non-attendance problems present school systems and parents with particularly difficult challenges.
  • help the student clarify their own motivation and identify aspirations
  • challenge the student with small goals that have a high probability of success, building their confidence and ability to set and achieve larger goals
  • help the student overcome ambivalence and self-defeating habits
  • help the student develop and consolidate a positive sense of self-efficacy and success
  • assist parents/guardians in motivating, improving, and supporting their child’s school attendance
  • help identify and overcome specific attendance/achievement obstacles (sleep problems, procrastination, perfectionism, somatic issues, etc.) using creative, practical solutions
  • structure parent/home support system to maximize reinforcement for school attendance
  • provide specific feedback to educational personnel about how to reintegrate and support the student
  • help student/parents/school deal with minor setbacks, while learning from them, and keeping them from turning into “deal-breakers” (a return to non-attendance)
  • provide school with recommendations for the future