submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net
Collette (not her real name) was a very sad eight-year–old child. She struggled in school, had difficulty focusing, completing her class work and considered herself “dumb.” She was easily distracted and often misplaced things.
Because of panic attacks she asked to be home schooled. She reported feeling rejected on the playground, complained of stomachaches and cried easily.
Her mother was concerned that she was quickly losing confidence. Her mother reported a forehead injury when as a toddler, Collette fell down a few stairs on to a ceramic floor. Her mother brought Collette for an evaluation, at the recommendation of a friend, because she believed an accommodation plan at school was not enough for the behaviors being observed.