Accommodating emotionally impaired
Strive to balance your school or agency's mission with the severely emotionally disturbed child's special needs.Keep the goals, but don't accomplish them at any cost.This report quotes a study that indicated that many children with severe emotional problems don't gain access to proper school services until age 10.The report emphasizes that many of these severely emotionally disturbed children will ultimately wind up incarcerated, in part, because their problems went unnoticed, or were addressed way too late.
Many of the suggestions may be ones you can use with the student.
The report advocates for more mental health resources for emotionally disturbed children, and better training in children's mental health for everyone who works with youth.
Those are interesting recommendations that might have a lot of impact.
These are two basic and essential mental health concepts for anyone who helps severely emotionally disturbed children or teens.
(Ironically, thought disorder is the single mental health problem that many clinicians believe may be increasing the most in frequency– especially in young children.) We also need more organizations like the Family Resource Centers in Kentucky. The problem may be that in fact, you are seeing more emotionally disturbed children and youth than at any time before. First, many settings such as schools and Job Corps, are accepting youth with increasingly serious emotional problems.