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How Can Teachers Aid In Mental Health?

by Amanda Green


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10 Common Mental Health Problems Students Face

When teachers begin to notice a student’s ongoing outbursts in class, social struggles with their peers, or declining grades, it may be a sign of much bigger problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 13 and 20 percent of American school-age children experience mental health disorders, including 1 in 7 children between the ages of 2 and 8.

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echnology Tools to Aid Mental Health Intervention?

The Centers for Disease Control has pointed out that teachers are in a unique position to identify mental health issues among their students, even at very young ages. The range of common mental health issues that today’s students suffer from is startling; early intervention can help. But, teachers need to be armed with information to help them know what to look for and resources to ensure that interventions are appropriate and helpful. Could technology help?

In addition to direct observation of children in the classroom and play areas, personalized learning tools may also prove useful in spotting early signs of barriers to learning that may be related to various mental health issues. Technology can also provide a conduit to information and tools to build awareness and understanding, and to provide resources for teachers, parents, students and the community at large.