Children who are disabled or gifted often require specialized instruction or services during the school day. When this is necessary, school professionals meet with the parents, the child (depending on the age of the child), and other social service representatives. As a child development specialist, you will often be working with these children and be a member of such teams.
Read the scenario below and imagine that you are working with this child.
Mary, an eight-year-old student, is entering third grade in the fall. In the past two school years, she has been diagnosed with a speech disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder. Additionally, the results of her intelligence tests suggest that she requires academically gifted resources. Because of all of her needs, she has been unable to make friends and reports feeling depressed and anxious about attending school. Mary’s parents have hired you to work with her on developing her social skills. You have been invited to attend the school staffing to offer your suggestions for helping her parents, teachers, and school support staff (school counselor, school psychologist, and school social worker).
Using the readings and discussions, respond to the following questions:
Imagine that Mary is going to be in a gifted class with new students. What problems might Mary have in making friends in her class?
Do you think that other gifted students in Mary’s class might also have problems making friends? Why or why not?
Considering Mary’s speech disorder, ADD, and need for gifted services, what strategies might help her to learn best in the classroom and at home?
4. How do learning disabilities such as the ones that Mary has differ from other types of disabilities?
Question 2 (of 2)
Read the following scenario and respond to the questions. Use information from the readings in the book in your response.
Marcia: Fifteen-Year-Old School Drop-Out
Marcia is a client of yours assigned because she was arrested for participating in an attempted breaking and entry incident last week. This is her fourth arrest and due to her age, you are concerned that if she does not change her behaviors now, she will end up in adult prison soon. You read her record and find out that she has been diagnosed with ADHD. She has not attended school all year and has not been home with her parents for the last two months. When you ask her about her goals, she says that she has none. Further, when you ask about her feelings about being arrested, she tells you that she has not done anything wrong, and hates you for interfering in her life. As a counselor trained in working with children and adolescents with behavioral disorders, you write your summary of your suggestions for helping Marcia to develop some strategies for managing her behaviors.
List your suggestions and explain how you think they can help.
What reasons do you think Marcia would give you when asked why she dropped out of school or left her parents’ home?
How does having a behavior disorder relate to the development of social skills?
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