ERIC Number: ED318178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
School-Related Stress and the Special Child.
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne
Special Parent/Special Child, v6 n1 Jan-Feb 1990
The role of school-related stress in the life of the disabled child is examined, and parents and teachers are given suggestions to reduce stress and help the child cope. Stress is defined as the emotional and physical reaction to the pressures that society places upon the child to conform and live up to expectations. Among sources of stress are unrealistic parental expectations, making friends, and adapting to change. The signs of stress include withdrawal reaction, regression reaction, displacement reaction, fears and phobias, physical illness, and attention-seeking reactions. Parents can reduce or prevent stress by organizing the household; organizing the child's daily activities; helping the child build friendships; teaching the child to label or express feelings; and making sure the child has the right diet, adequate amounts of sleep, exercise, and adequate health care. "Do's" and "Don'ts" for parents include anticipating potentially stressful experiences, not assuming everyone else is the wrongdoer, and being consistent with household rules. Teachers are encouraged to provide daily opportunities for success, develop peer tutor programs, and design innovative homework assignments. Also offered are suggestions for dealing with teacher stress in such areas as paperwork, peer support, and salary. (DB)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Coping, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Problems, Parent Child Relationship, Stress Management, Stress Variables
Lindell Press, Inc., P.O. Box 462, South Salem, NY 10590 ($20.00 per year, $3.75 per issue).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A