Dealing with Children with Depression at School
Poor performances at school, not being able to stay abreast with other children, and staying isolated from others, are the most common symptoms of children suffering from depression at school. It is important to solve this problem by being empathetic and considerate of the children to help them improve their performances and general well-being. Here are a few tips on dealing with children with depression at school.
Recognize the Symptoms
Before you set off to solve the problem, it is necessary to be able to recognize it. Those who can observe the child at school, or the teachers should be aware of the symptoms and behavioral patterns related to depression. Since, teachers are the ones with whom the child will be spending most of the time, a regular contact with them might serve well.
Encourage Them to Feel Good About Themselves
Children are very likely to be easily prone to negative self-image in comparison with other children. So, encourage and find ways to make them feel good about themselves. Encourage them into activities that will improve their confidence levels.
Let Them Know They can Talk
Some children might even consider the possibility that they can actually go and talk about themselves with their parents or teachers. Let them know that if they are facing any problem, they can talk and seek help from their teachers. If they are still uncommunicative, then it is important to stay empathetic till they can recover from the problem.
Do Not Judge Them for Failure
School means there is bound to be competition with other children. If you find that they are not able to compete or performing poorly, do not judge them. Instead, encourage them in a positive way and help them reach their academic and other goals.
Giving special training for teachers or conducting workshops on how to deal with children in depression at school can help improve awareness. This awareness is crucial as most children might not yet be aware of what they are going through, and will need help and support from teachers at their school to prosper in their childhood.