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Learning From Your Child's Teacher

You know how your child behaves at home, but do you really know what he or she might be like at school? Now is a good time to find out if your child is ready to learn. A child's mental health is an important factor in your child's ability to do well in school. Mental health is how a child feels, acts and thinks. Mental health problems can affect any child even elementary or preschool children. These problems are more common than you think as research shows that one in five children has a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral problem that can lead to school failure, family discord, violence or suicide. Help is available, however many children do not get the help they need.

Here are a few questions you should discuss with your child's teacher:

  • Does my child seem angry most of the time? Does he or she overreact to things and cry a lot?

  • Does my child destroy school property or do things that might be life threatening?

  • Does he/she harm other children on the playground or break rules over and over?

  • Does my child appear sad or anxious much of the time?

  • Does my child seem obsessed about how he looks?

  • Does he/she often complain about headaches, stomachaches, or other physical problems-especially when it's time to take a test or participate in classroom social activities?

  • Is my child unable to sit still or focus her attention?

  • Does he/she respect the teacher's authority as a teacher?

If any of these above factors are noticed, talk with your health care provider as they can check for other factors that can inhibit learning, such as poor eyesight or hearing. Take an active role in helping your child get better. Every child and every parent has strengths. Helping your child do his or her homework gives you a chance to share your time and experience with him or her. This can strengthen the bond between you and also teach you what interests your child. Keep looking until you find the right services and the right providers for your child. Be patient, yet persistent. When it comes to mental health services, one size does not fit all. Children need consistency, both in the home and in the classroom. By working together, parents and teachers can reinforce a child's strengths and that's a big part of being a caring parent or teacher.

For more information on mental health issues you may contact NMHA at 1-800-969-6642 or log onto

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