The failure of children in the academic field can be related to many different problems. Experts, who state that neurodevelopmental problems such as learning difficulties and attention problems can be reflected on the report cards as failure, emphasize that parental criticism can cause depression, anxiety and behavioral problems in children. Experts state that the break holiday period is a suitable time to evaluate the difficulties experienced and recommend getting support from experts in this regard.
Üsküdar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Specialist Assoc. Dr. Çiğdem Yektaş shared important information and advice about diseases that may be associated with academic failure in children.
Neurodevelopmental disorders can affect performance
Assoc. Dr. Çiğdem Yektaş said, “These problems may manifest themselves especially in transition classes that have just started school or where school and class changes are experienced. Neurodevelopmental problems such as learning difficulties and attention problems can be reflected in the report cards of primary and high school age children with normal cognitive development as poor grades and failure. These children are often criticized as reluctant, lazy and often warned by parents and teachers.” used the phrases.
Separation anxiety from parents causes adjustment problems
Reminding that the children who spent the last 2 years at home due to the pandemic, are far from adequate teacher supervision and supervision, Assoc. Dr. Çiğdem Yektaş said, “The transition from this process to face-to-face education may affect the adaptation of children, especially those who have concerns about separation and distance from their parents, to the school environment, and may manifest itself as failure in lessons by causing attention and motivation problems.” said.
It should be taken into account if he has difficulty in reading
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Assoc. Dr. Çiğdem Yektaş said that the second term in the first grade is the period when children are expected to start reading and continued her words as follows:
“In this period, if the child has difficulty in reading despite the appropriate educational support at home and at school, the fluency of reading is not at the expected level, there is incomplete misreading, slow reading, difficulty in combining sounds, pairing sounds and letters, misreading and gets bored easily, the underlying learning disorder (dyslexia) ), should be evaluated by a child and adolescent mental health specialist in terms of attention deficit disorder or a perception problem. Necessary tests and examinations should be done in the evaluation. As a result of the evaluations to be made by the specialist physician, the necessary educational interventions should be implemented without delay. In this way, the disappointment caused by the failure in the child and the related emotional problems are prevented.”
Academic difficulties can create emotional problems
Assoc. Dr. Çiğdem Yektaş said, “These problems may negatively affect the next developmental period. Psychiatric problems with neurodevelopmental background, such as learning disorders and attention disorders, which we see frequently in children, are structural problems that are inherent in the child and are not directly related to the child's being lazy or reluctant. he said.
Suitable for holiday evaluation
Emphasizing that parents sometimes criticize and label their children about the areas where the child has difficulty, Assoc. Dr. Çiğdem Yektaş continued her words as follows:
“This can cause secondary depression, anxiety and behavioral problems in children. We can say that the break period is a suitable time for a specialist physician to evaluate the difficulties experienced. Recognizing that the child is having a challenge is the first step in treatment. By getting feedback from the teacher, they can apply to us, accompanied by course materials. A treatment guide and appropriate educational guidance to be prepared for families in line with the tests to be requested in the interview with the physician will not only save the child from being labeled at home and at school, but also will help families develop a healthier attitude towards their children by enabling them to frame their expectations more accurately.
Parents should investigate the cause of failure
Stating that every child wants to be successful, Child Adolescent Psychiatry Specialist Assoc. Dr. Çiğdem Yektaş said, “Children who fail have difficulty in understanding and explaining the reason for this. They see the disappointment, anger and sadness caused by this failure in their parents and begin to blame themselves. It is up to parents to realize that there may be a difficulty underlying this problem and not to forget that they should seek help from experts in order to support the healthy development of their children not only in the academic field but also in the social and emotional fields.” said.