Counseling

UNDERSTANDING THE BIG WORD: PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN

PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN

We often meet parents asking us with a bewildered heart, “They have asked me to get him assessed. Is something wrong with him? Is my child crazy? ”. Honestly, Psychological Assessments may sound intimidating, but in truth is the best way designed to help you. So what is a psychological assessment? Who does it? How is it done? Will they use needles, will they medicate? Parents typically have many such questions. Let us understand this mystery that is psychological assessment! What is a Psychological Assessment?First and foremost, a psychological assessment is NOT a medical test. You do not require blood or urine samples, X-Rays or any medical paraphernalia. Most of the psychological tests are ‘paper-and-pencil’ tests. In simple words, your child may be asked to answer a set of questions, solve a few puzzles, work with some blocks and so forth. This is done to assess a child’s personality, intellectual…

ADHD Assessment

The emotionally disturbed child

Deep, a 12 year old boy, has been a “problem child” since childhood. The youngest of three siblings, he does not obey his parents challenging their authority all the time, keeps faring poorly in school though there are no obvious cognitive issues, and has severe problems getting along with friends. Diagnosed with being an ‘emotionally disturbed child’ while in primary school, Deep has caused multiple problems in school, such as hitting and bullying other children, running out of classrooms, tearing other students’ class work, disobeying teachers and so forth. At home and at school, he perpetually seems to be in a ‘bad mood’ or tends to cry or get angry without enough reason. Parents complain that in the last two years, he has become “uncontrollable”. He does not listen to any instructions given by the parents and becomes verbally and physically abusive if house rules are enforced strictly. Deep’s issues…

ADHD Assessment

Demystifying Learning Disability

Demystifying Learning Disability

Learning Disability, or Dyslexia, is today a very common and familiar term for parents. Yet, it is surprising to notice how many parents are either unaware, or unwilling to know about this term. Working closely with schools and parents, we notice that many parents are not ready to accept the diagnosis of Learning Disability for their child, without realising that they are in fact resisting help for their child. The belief that a good tuition teacher, or simply time, will solve their child’s academic difficulties, is still commonly observed. Parents are quite open to new things like gadgets and fashions, but sadly, they are unable to appreciate academic challenges that their child faces. If we show a little empathy and acceptance towards our child, it will defiantly make a huge difference to their performance as well as their self-esteem. However, still some parents aren’t yet aware about this term. Unfortunately,…

Education

Inclusive Education

Inclusive Education

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” – Chinese proverb. Our school life definitely plays an important role in shaping careers; moreover, teaches many things not included in the ‘curriculum’ – humility, perseverance, team work and patience. But why are some children excluded from basic privileges of going to a certain school? Globally, education is recognized as an elementary human right; but is it so in practice? A typical urban Indian classroom consists of children from various backgrounds, economic classes,castes, religions, and speaking different languages. Likewise, differences in abilities, strengths and performances also prevail; which often become the premise to categorize certain children with difficulties from ‘regular’ children. The purpose of education is to provide students the skills and knowledge to prepare them for the future and wellbeing of society. Educators hence cannot ignore that each child can be different in…

Mental Health

Emotional Self Care

Emotional Self Care

“Emotional Self Care” the term itself is so enriching. But do we really take care of that? Do we really spend time for ourselves? Do we have that “ME” time where we take care of ourselves physically, mentally, spiritually? If I ask this question mostly everyone will say “NO”. We don’t as we don’t have time. May be you are taking time out for exercise. Possibly you are working on yourself spiritually by praying daily. But what about mental health? If you have travelled by airplane they make announcement separately that, “Put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then on others in emergency situations”. It is very simple to understand. If you cannot help yourself. You cannot help others. Do we really take a break and spend time for ourselves for our mental health? On the occasion of mental health month 2019, I would like to introduce this topic…