I am working with a mother of a 15yo female engaging in quickly worsening school refusal. She has a long history of significant anxiety and as a result, has been incredibly socially isolated for the past two years. I have two consultation questions:
1. Mom could think of only two individuals at child's current school that could be at all called possible friends. We will work to recruit these two youth in implementing the SPACE school refusal plan with peers coming in the morning but if these youth's families are not willing to support, what is recommended? The only other two peers the youth identifies as being friends with in the past do not attend her same school. Is a friend from a different school viable? Seems like recruiting ppl from her own school she doesn't know at all could be quite challenging.
2. Prior to starting to work with me, the school had worked to reduce students school load to increase likelihood of her completing any school at all. Thus, she is only enrolled in two in person classes and is taking health online. Thus, expectation is she be at school daily from 9am-12pm. Currently, the appropriate level of expectation to work towards would be her going 2/5 days a week as she is currently going 0-1 days per week. How would ppl recommend then handling the rules around screens until expectation is met? Would it be basically screens are given if she attends school that day but are removed after that day until she attends 2 school days in the week? (E.g. If she goes Monday, gets them after school Monday until Tuesday morning. If doesn't go Tues, she has no access to screens until she attends school again?)
Thanks so much for all help!