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Children at Risk

Issues for Families: A real-life scenario

By the time Johnny was in second grade, he had a history. He was overactive and non-compliant. He’d been asked to leave five daycare facilities in one year. Teachers had trouble getting him to transition from one activity to another. He fell behind in his schoolwork and was ostracized by his classmates. He already had too many days in detention.

When Johnny was sent home from school, tension and frustration mounted. His parents were losing patience. His teachers seemed to have given up. Johnny didn’t try to make people mad — it just happened.

At seven years old, Johnny was already labeled a problem child. But it was not his fault. He had a brain disorder — a neurological problem that made him unable to learn and behave the way other children did. Johnny needed help, and his family needed to understand his condition so they could help him.

Stressors on Parents and Teachers

The day-to-day hardship of caring for a child who is mentally ill, emotionally disturbed or behavior disordered puts stress on the entire family–physically, emotionally and financially. Siblings are also at increased risk for their own emotional difficulties and school problems, because their needs for nurturing are sometimes neglected.

Without help, many families are at risk for child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Too often, these families fall apart because they are unable to cope.

Adults dealing with a child’s emotional or behavioral problems need to understand the causes so they can learn appropriate coping strategies and proactive parenting skills.

Getting Specialized Help

The Daniel M. Center for Behavioral Change was founded on the notion that children and families do better when their teachers and caregivers understand these emotional and behavioral disorders. Our staff members are trained to teach exceptional students and certified in behavioral analysis. We not only apply what we know in the classroom but also share these skill with the families.

By learning how to parent a child like Johnny, and taking some time out to regroup and alleviate tension, families can reduce their stress and regain their confidence.

All families have the potential for success. With the help of education, training, understanding and support, families like Johnny’s have a plan of action–and hope.