Situations and Advice

Situation 1

 5-year-old James is having trouble with sitting still and his focus for playing sustained games is lacking. There are days when he has too much energy to handle and when he is sent to time out for poor behavior he screams and hits the wall.

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Situation 2

 Dana is a 6-year-old who has a hard time sharing with her younger 3 year old brother. She does not seem to be aware that people around her may have different needs and wants than she does.

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Situation 3

 Baron is a 3-year-old whose mother says he has many emotional upsets and more frequently lately. He is not very verbal, so his parents have a hard time understanding what is wrong and they feel like Baron overreact to things.

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Situation 4

 Tracy is the mother of a 4-year-old who is very impulsive and can be rude. Tracy is very embarrassed by some of the things her boy says to people, even perfect strangers. She avoids letting him interact in the marketplaces and tells him he behaves ugly.

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Situation 5

 Mary’s mom said a teacher found her 6-year-old daughter sitting next to the door after being dropped off at school. Mom had just left, and the teacher said to her, “You seem very sad, Mary.” Mary lashed out at the teacher and the teach told her she is a bad girl.

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Situation 6

 9-year-old Lacy’s mom says she is defiant about cleaning up her toys. When she is told to clean up she says she is not done playing and that she wants her toys out because she is having fun with them. Her parents respond to this by taking away all the toys that she does not pick up.

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Situation 7

 5-year-old Steve’s mom made enough cookies for him to take to his class party. She told the family not to eat any cookies because there are just enough for the party. Steve took a cookie and when his mom noticed a cookie is gone she asked who took it, knowing it was her son. Steve said he did not take the missing cookie, now his mom wants to know why her son is lying.

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Situation 8

 11-year-old Muhammad’s mom said her son has problems playing with children and he does not want to share his toys or his friends with others. When he sees a toy that he wants to play with, he just takes the away from the other child without asking or negotiating a way to join in playing. When the other child becomes upset he threatens to hit them and tells them to “shut up”.

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Situation 9

 Mother of 4-year-old Jason said her son was throwing a ball in the house and the ball bounced into her favourite decoration, breaking it. Dad heard the crash and went to see what happened. Dad found Jason crying hysterically, and he cannot get him to calm down.

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Situation 10

 7-year-old Shawn’s mom has been telling him to do stuff all day to help her clean up the house before the holiday. Shawn is tired and tells her “Leave me alone”, he runs to his room and slams the door. When his mom goes to see what he is doing, she finds him breaking toys in his room.

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Situation 11

 The mom of 12-year-old Charles has been in trouble at school and he knows he will be in trouble with his dad too. She said when she comes home from work she found Charles angry. The family dog was sitting near her son and she notices that he is pinching and poking at the dog, and he will not let it go when the dog tries to get away.

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Situation 12

 Mark is 10 and he recently came home to tell his mother that his friends at school started teasing an unpopular classmate. They are taking his things and calling him bad names. Mark wants to stick up for the child being bullied but he is afraid the group will turn on him and reject his friendship.

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Situation 13

 Sarah’s mom says she has been playing with two good friends and they both want to be her best friend. Mom wants her to be able to have a diverse range of friends and also knows that if she chooses one friend over the other she might end up making enemies.

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