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Supporting Your Student

Supporting Your Student

You probably know your son or daughter better than anyone else. It is likely that you could be the first to notice changes in your child's mood or behavior, which may be early indicators of emotional or psychological distress. Some indications that your child is in trauma may include:

  • Changes in academic performance, motivation, concentration, grades, or class attendance
  • Changes in behavior, energy, personal hygiene, speech, mood, sleep or appetite
  • Changes in relationship patterns or the way they interact with loved ones; conflict in close relationships or social isolation
  • Depression or references to suicide, statements about hopelessness or helplessness, or pessimism about the future

Students tend to turn to their parents when making important decisions. You can help build an important web of support that will help your child recover if he or she has been sexually assaulted. Some tips on supporting your student include:

  • Speaking to your son or daughter when you notice something unusual
  • Communicating directly in a caring manner about the behaviors that are causing concern
  • Avoid being critical or judgmental
  • Be willing to listen
  • Ask directly how you can best be of help
  • Help your son or daughter define the problem and identify possible solutions
  • Encourage your student to seek counseling
  • Consider seeking counseling for yourself to help you work through any anxiety you might be feeling as a result of your child's trauma
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