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Contact Problems at School Children and youth with mental health challenges sometimes experience difficulty at school for a variety of reasons. ACMH receives frequent calls from parents whose kids are struggling to be successful or sometimes not even being allowed to stay at school due to un-addressed mental health needs.
Accessing the services that children and youth may need to help them better manage and support their mental health needs at school can be quite challenging. We hope this section will help. Addressing mental health needs in school is critically important because 1 in 5 children and youth have a diagnosable emotional, behavioral or mental health disorder and 1 in 10 young people have a mental health challenge that is severe enough to impair how they function at home, school or in the community.
Mental health problems are common and often develop during childhood and adolescence They are treatable! Early detection and intervention strategies work.
In addition, youth with emotional and behavioral disorders have the worst graduation rate of all students with disabilities. This is the highest drop out rate of any disability group!
This section of the website will try to offer suggestions on how you might go about troubleshooting problems you may encounter when trying to access the support your child needs at school. Mental Health Disorders can affect classroom learning and social interactions, both of which are critical to the success of students.
One of the problems that families frequently run in to is getting the school to recognize the role of mental health disorders in relationship to the difficulty their child is having.
Getting agreement to put strategies in place to address mental health issues and help the youth to better manage his or her mental health symptoms at school is sometimes equally as challenging. In addition, like all of us, kids with mental health challenges have good days and bad, as well as, times periods when they are doing really well and times when their mental health symptoms become more difficult to manage.
When figuring out the types of supports and services to put in place, it is important to keep in mind that all kids are unique with differing needs and coping mechanisms. The mental health interventions that are chosen need to be based on the individual needs of each child and be able to flex in order to provide more or less support as needed.
Children with mental health needs often need a variety of types of supports in school for them to be successful. For example, a child with hyperactivity may benefit from working some activity into their daily classroom routine.
A child with Oppositional Defiant Disorder might benefit from their teachers being trained to interact with them in a certain way. A young person who struggles with disorganization might be helped by being taught planning skills.
Children who may become aggressive and those who get overly anxious may benefit from exploring what things lead up to those feelings and being taught strategies to recognize when it is happening and things to do to avoid the problem from escalating.
For example, if your child needs help for difficulties with social interactions or communication difficulties it may help to teach them new skills and have them practice using them by role-playing or trying them out in small groups.
It is also helpful to look at how mental health symptoms may affect a child in the classroom and the accommodations that may help. They may have physical complaints like stomach and headaches and may be frequently absent. Sometimes their fear of being embarrassed, or getting something wrong or their fear of having to interact with others may lead them to them to avoid group and social activities and perhaps school all-together.
Possible accommodations or strategies that may help include: Allowing flexible deadlines or letting the student have an option to re-do work so they feel more confident turning it in. Helping the teacher to recognize escalating anxiety in a child and equipping them with the tools to intervene and help the child to implement strategies that help manage their anxiety.
Pre-planning for group discussions to help reduce their anxiety about what they will share or say. Make plan for what to do when they are unable to focus due to worries. Allow for breaks or opportunities to de-stress.
You can download a list of accommodations that may help here: How you, as a parent, go about navigating problems at school for your child will depend on a variety of factors including the nature of the problem itself and whether or not your child needs or receives special services.
This can sometimes feel challenging at first, especially if you feel the school is not yet willing to do what you think your child needs to be successful.Get the latest science news and technology news, read tech reviews and more at ABC News. Nationally, only 40 percent of students with emotional, behavioral and mental health disorders graduate from high school, compared to the national average of 76 percent; 3 and, Over 50% of students with emotional and behavioral disabilities ages 14 and older, drop out of high school.
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