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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Training session with child psychologist

In a general classroom, diversity among students, their learning styles and behavior is a common practice. Students with behavior problems or learning disabilities are often overlooked or misunderstood, and thus identification of these problems and then consult child psychologist or school counselor is important. As child psychology helps us learn about the social and mental development of children, so the role of school counselor or educational psychologist is very important in this context.

Why we should worry about behavior problems?

In addition to the physical needs such as food, clothing, and shelter, kids need fun, freedom, power, and a sense of belonging. If these needs aren't met in positive ways, problems develop. For some children, serious behavior problems/difficulties become a pattern that can include acting impulsively, reacting with aggression, refusing to follow reasonable directions, and defying adult authority. Sometimes you'll find your child just hasn't learned age-appropriate social skills. Kids with learning disabilities (LD) and/or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) also may develop behavior problems.

These behavior difficulties interfere with children’s social and academic development and can have serious consequences for their mental health.

Sunday, 14 December we had our two hours long training session with school counselor about 'Child psychology and role of clinical psychologist'.

We learned very useful facts relating to the topic such as:
According to Bangladesh association for child and adolescent mental health (BACAMH) is more than 45% population of Bangladesh is children and adolescents Reports from the first community based epidemiological study on child psychiatric disorders. Prevalence of child psychiatric disorder 15.2% .
We learned about childhood psychiatric disorder and early warning signs.'
Steps needed to cope with psychiatric disorder:
  • Identify and deal with problem behavior among students. 
  • Identify early signs from in and out side the classroom 
  • Use simple counseling skill to explore students problem 
  • Contact with parent 
Related Links: Importance of an educational psychologist in a school
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