Children and adolescents face a complex set of demands at school. Academic difficulties can lead to a child feeling terrible about him/herself and lead to emotional problems. Likewise, low self-esteem and emotional problems can lead to school-related difficulties.
DOES YOUR CHILD…?
- Show a decline in motivation and grades at school
- Refuse to go to school
- Think he is “dumb”
- Get called “dumb” by classmates
- Have a million excuses when it comes to doing homework
- Repeatedly lose report cards and forget assignments
- Have a hard time paying attention and staying focused
- Worry incessantly about tests and grades
- Get into trouble for talking too much and fooling around in class
- Refuse to see a tutor or get help from teachers
- Cheat on tests
- Work really hard but still get poor grades
HOW CAN I HELP?
One of my specialties in working with children and adolescents is academic and motivational problems. With years of experience in the educational system—as a teacher, university professor, and motivation researcher, I offer a variety of solutions for your child’s difficulties. Therapy consists of individual sessions as well as parent and family sessions. When appropriate, I consult with teachers. The goal of therapy is for your child to be engaged at school, develop a sense of competence and resilience, feel comfortable seeking help from teachers, and perform academically at an optimal level.