Our expert says:
As with yesterday's example, we see a teacher absurdly making diagnoses and recommending treatment - I wish the Dept of Education would specifically ban this dangerous practice. No teacher in SA has ANY qualification whatsoever, to clinically assess a child, to suggest a diagnosis or treatment, and while they may recommend to a parent that an assessment by an appropriate health professional could be useful, they should NEVER EVER put any pressure on parents to make any such referal or to start treatment. In every case where a teacher DOES do this, I'd like to see THEM compulsorily referred for assessment by a psychologist.
Do most teachers no longer have the skills they used to, to deal with learning problems in the classroom by skillful teaching of non-drugged kids ?
I this case the recommendation of drug treatment is ridiculous and incompetent. The medusa drawing may be more accurate than the kid intended !
She sounds like a normal and pleasant child, dealing with the complications of hearing problems and adjusting to these.
An Educational Psychologist should be able to assess her helpfully, and, in discussion with you, discuss possible helpful interventions.
As Maria says, check on teasing. Its not at all uncommon anyway, and more so when a child needs an appliance such as a hearing aid. To this day I can remember the first day I arrived in the classroom wearing glasses, and the hissing whispers as the other kids gasped and responded to this. And such a dodgy teacher may neither notice teasing and bullying, nor be capable of handling it and stopping it.
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