Tricky question 7181# : You’ve just talked to a parent who has a child who has just been diagnosed with a physical, mental health, emotional or learning disability and he/she says to you: what should I say about this to my child?
Or perhaps you work with small groups or classes of children in which some have a mental health/learning/health diagnosis (known about and observed by others in the group) – and one of them asks you: “Why is Jodie like that?”
10% of young people are diagnosed with a physical disability and up to 20% with a mental health diagnosis during their childhood and adolescence. Many more young people don’t have a formal diagnosis per se but have tough struggles in a particular area (learning, social, mental health, physical health).
It’s not surprising therefore that as professionals one of the issues we need to grapple with is the issue of talking about challenges and diagnoses to children and young people.Read More