Case Studies of Problem Children
Those we sometimes describe as "Problem children" contribute to significant stress in parents and teachers alike. "Problem children" exhibit a range of child problems from the relatively benign to the more extreme. Regardless of the level of concern, child problems are usually the result of multiple interacting factors, including family or learning stress. These, in turn, can contribute to stress in the child and his/her family and often in the school setting.
The case studies listed below provide a brief overview of some of the child problems Dr. O'Connor has addressed. They also illustrate how an assessment gets beneath the surface to uncover the deeper meaning of the problem. The increased understanding of the child problem that results, including core issues and contributing factors, leads to interventions to address it.
To protect the confidentiality of the child and his/her family all names and identifying information have been changed.
Homework Problems and A Stressed Mother and Daughter: Joan, a successful professional mom, reported that her daughter was experiencing academic and behavior problems. This mom was beside herself and didn’t know what to do. She couldn’t concentrate at work and she felt her job was suffering.
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