IDENTIFYING STUDENTS WITH EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS
There are three general categories of student behavior that can be signs of emotional distress: withdrawal, agitation and/or irritability, and personal communication from the student.
- Excessive absences
- Noticeable lack of participation
- Continuous daydreaming
- Drowsiness or sleeping
- Disoriented responses when questioned
- Vacant staring
- Lack of cleanliness, sloppy appearance
Agitation or Irritability
- Compulsive speaking or frequent interrupting of your lecture.
- Unprovoked crying or giggling.
- Frequent sarcastic and hostile remarks.
- Sudden appearance of a speech disorder such as stuttering or difficulty articulating words.
- Inability to sit still throughout class meetings.
- Written assignments reveal personal problems.
- Frequent requests for personal conferences or need to remain with you after class.
- The student tells you directly s/he is having trouble in classes due to anxiety, external problems or internal conflicts.
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