What kind of case will be discussed?
The subject of the case discussion is a child with leading diagnosis „moderate level of intellectual disability “. The child has grown up in institutions for children deprived of parental care. The team of service, where the child is currently residing, has observed an increasing number of aggressive actions towards other children in the service.
Who is the leading expert?
The leading expert in this case discussion is Ms. Eugenia Daskalova, a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in working with children and young people with problematic and oppositional behavior, as well as with children raised in institutions for children deprived of parental care. She has worked at the Center for therapy of communication and emotional and behavioral disorders at the New Bulgarian University.
Which are the learning points?
- Exploring the history - The most difficult cases are children who: (1) have quite different characteristics in comparison with the majority of the group and (2) have traumatized personal history. Thus, their personal (and family) history must be carefully explored before the intervention;
- Exploring the crises – what are the triggers for anger outbursts, what are the earliest and slightest signs that an anger outburst is possible to happen; what kind of behavioral patterns are observed during the anger outbursts etc.? How the child explains her/his behavior? What actually comforts the child?
- interventions - Speaking with the child, verbalizing and mirroring the child’s emotions are interventions which help the child to stay in touch with the reality and with the caregivers during the emotional outbursts and helps him to learn how to deal with his own emotions.
The case discussion is an on-line discussion using GoToMeeting platform: https://www.gotomeet.me/childhub/new-meeting-14
Who can participate?
Specialists working with children. Maximum number of participants - 25.
How to join the case discussion?
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