If you have ever tried to help loved ones experiencing prolonged, acute stress or someone trying to deal with a past traumatic experience, you may have noticed and realised that talking to them doesn’t seem to yield much success. These issues can so deeply affect people that verbalising them may be so difficult that it no longer becomes an option.
Children experiencing trauma are particularly vulnerable as they do not have the means to understand what is happening, how to process the trauma, and their ability to vocalise and communicate their trauma may be limited or non-existent. They are too young to have developed the coping mechanisms to deal with their trauma or stress. Read more
As the year ends and the new year looms on the horizon, you may have been thinking about what you plan to do with yourself going into 2023.
If you are considering a career switch to doing something more meaningful with your career, or currently dealing with exceptional children, or have a calling to work with them, you will need to be specially trained! You will need to understand the different types of exceptional children and all their intellectual, emotional and physical disabilities.
Previous studies have shown that parents recognise signs of autism far earlier in a child’s life than when it is actually diagnosed. Sometimes parents wait to see if the issue they are seeing goes away, or if it’s just a passing developmental phase. Read more
College of Allied Educators provides a series of WSQ courses that may give you a head start if you’re looking to start your career in the special education industry, or may be exploring a mid-career change and want to work with children.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that affects up to 11% of children between the ages of 4 – 17 years old and is more common than many people believe. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed for ADHD, and while some people may see this as a disorder affecting children, at least 4% of adults have been diagnosed with ADHD. It is believed that many more adults have simply not been diagnosed as diagnosis for ADHD was not as common in the past. ADHD is best diagnosed early, sometimes as young as 4 years old, so the child can receive the support they need to manage it.
A communication disorder is a disorder that negatively affects the person’s ability to speak or engage in discussions with other people. It can range from the inability to understand their own native language, or it can be an inability to make the proper sounds necessary for speech.
It may affect up to 17% of people and includes lisping and stuttering and children with autism spectrum disorder are likely to also have speech and communication disorders.
Every parent dreads having to receive a call from school about their child misbehaving. Whether it is getting into fights, inattentiveness during class or having bad grades, it can be frustrating for parents if they do not understand the reasons behind the child’s behaviour.
The parent’s reaction can even cause the situation to worsen.
It’s not always obvious what behaviours are normal or abnormal in children. Many times, adults and educators tend to think that the child may have behaviour issues when they might not. The biggest issue in identifying abnormal behaviour is that many of the symptoms look the same as normal behaviour.