Signs of stress in your child

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Signs of stress in your child

There are some very serious signs to look for if you are worried about stress in your child. One of the things you want to keep an ear out for is if they are acting very differently and your gut tells you something is wrong, particularly with older kids. If for two weeks or more, you see them with a very low affect. Where they are usually a very happy kid, and now they are sad and don't want to get out of bed. Or they have drastically changed their eating habits. They have drastically changed how they dress, how they act, and their friends. If they are acting really unusual, as if they were on drugs. This has to be going on for a period of two weeks, where they are feeling very sad and despondent and not getting out of bed. It may be that they are on very hot days, they are walking around with long sleeves, covering up their wrists. That might be a sign that they are self-injuring. If they can't look you in they for long periods of time. These are all signs that there might be something going on. You might want to go and talk with the school counselor or to the pediatrician and seek help immediately.

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Denise Pope, PhD

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Denise Pope, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education. For the past 13 years, she has specialized in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that aims to reduce unhealthy pressure on youth and champions a broader vision of youth success. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. Her book, Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. Dr. Pope is a three time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award.  Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.

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