Parenting Children with Mental Health Challenges by Deborah Vlock

Parenting Children with Mental Health Challenges by Deborah Vlock

Author:Deborah Vlock [Vlock, Deborah]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Published: 2018-07-26T16:00:00+00:00

For a sizable number of kids, from preschool through high school, education is a soul-sucking, learning-deficient affair. This statistic, also cited in chapter 1, is really no surprise: one in five schoolchildren—or five out of the twenty-five kids in a typical public school classroom—have, have had, or will have a disabling mental health disorder.1 Think about it.

The School / Mental Health Connection

You might wonder if school plays a significant role in what seems to be an epidemic of childhood mental health disorders. Well, you should be wondering—first, because there’s a lot of factual evidence to support that concern, and second, because it just makes no sense that school is hurting so many of our kids.

School’s not meant to suck the spirit out of our children—at least in theory.

In practice, though, students with disabilities (including, but not limited to, kids with significant psychiatric involvement) slip through the cracks every hour of every day. It’s a big problem. If only we, readers, could put our heads together and solve it! Even the folks who make their careers at solving problems in education haven’t been able to do it. No surprise there, given that education is not just about educating, but also about politics and ideology, the marketplace, training, access to resources, and the goodwill of a whole lot of people with power and their own agendas.


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