Who is testing for?
• Children making average grades but at the expense of their emotional health.
• Children struggling and crying at the thought of school/homework.
• Children who seem unmotivated or lazy.
• Bright children who are underachieving.
• Children who are not keeping up with their peers.
• Children who are struggling readers.
• Children who are misbehaving and display challenging class behaviors.
• Children struggling in one class but not others.
• Children who are refusing to attend school.
• Children who are doing well enough, but not performing as well as expected.
• Children who do not qualify for school- based evaluations.
• Children who experience little or no gratification from school.
• Children who are disconnected and discouraged.
• Children who experience frustration with school work and anger quickly.
• Children who experience significant changes in behaviors and mood
School is underway and your child doesn’t seem to be enjoying it. In fact, he or she may be exhibiting signs of struggling either emotionally, academically or socially. You’re having a hard time getting information from your child about how school is going, homework sessions are difficult, your child may be moody or closed off. Maybe your gut is telling you something just isn’t right and that your child’s performance is not matching their potential.
These behaviors could be perfectly normal during a transition to a new school year and your child could very well pull out of this on their own. But these signs could also be red flags. This is such an important time of your child’s life when the foundation for their future is being laid. Hearing from your child “school is boring” or hearing from teachers about behavior issues can be signs of your child not feeling successful. Or, your child may be flying under the radar in class. From the teacher’s perspective, the child appears happy and is comprehending daily material. However, the teacher is not aware of the amount of stress displayed during homework time. This disconnect between classroom appearance and reality can prevent a child in need from getting the help necessary to learn.
Schools want to help but often simply don’t have the resources, leading many children to being overlooked; precluding them from receiving needed intervention. DK Counseling Services is pleased to offer our Whole Child Learning Screening. This screening is a three prong approach designed to help identify potential gaps in learning, attentional issues and emotional aspects and to begin interventions necessary for the child’s success.