The Under-functioning Student from a Toxic Home
In an ideal world, children would leave a home where there is safety, love, and affirmation and go to school to be educated and prepared for adult life. In the real world, however, unfortunate children often leave a home where there is some combination of violence, indifference, neglect, alcoholism, and abuse. Children often leave home with concerns about how siblings, a parent, and pets will be treated in their absence. When a child leaves home for months rather than hours, the issues become particularly salient to an understanding of a student who is poorly focused and under-functioning in the classroom. Such students often have an inordinate need for affirmation, distraction, and soothing. Academic coaching is only part of the picture.
Thinking Clearly About the Problem
This blog is the first in a series on the topic of how important it is to think properly about a problem if it is to be solved. In addition, we will talk about how best to intervene when assisting students from toxic environments and prepare them psychologically as well as academically for the challenges of upcoming college enrollment.
What Is the Next Step?