“My child has difficulties with their social and emotional development.”
Children may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which manifest themselves in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, self-harming, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained.
This section includes all pupils who experience short but significant periods of
- high anxiety, stress, distress or anger
- difficulty managing their thoughts, feelings and behaviour
- difficulty making friends or relating to adults
which affect their learning and education.
It also includes pupils who have a range of recognised mental health conditions e.g. obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and pupils with other diagnoses (e.g. ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attachment Disorder, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD, ADD, Conduct Disorder) who present with social and/or emotional health difficulties which can be explained by and understood within the context of their primary condition/need.
For all of these pupils issues can include:
- forming and maintaining friendships
- attitudes to attainment
- life outside school