Q. My 10-year-old son is very wary of going back to school. He is only now telling me about the bully at school, who is in his class, who teased and hit him at the end of last term. I have no options as we live in a very rural area. How can I cope with this?
A. You need to go to the school and share this information with the principal. Ask the principal what action will be taken. Ask the guidance counsellor and class teacher to talk with the class about bullying and why it is wrong. Tell your son to let you know if it happens again.
Can the CDA help?
Q. My helper has three children and two of them have severe learning problems. One of the two has a physical disability. It is getting to the stage where she can no longer provide for them fully. She has to take part of her small pay to pay someone to care for them. Can she ask the Child Development Agency (CDA) to help provide care?
A. I am sure that the CDA will be able to guide her and provide support for her. Ask your housekeeper to contact the closest CDA office as soon as she can.
Help me help my son socialise more
Q. My eight-year-old son is excited about his toy cars in such a way that it makes me scared. He has named them, places them strategically in particular ways, and knows details about their make and makers. He does not play much with other children in the neighbourhood as he says they do not understand him. How can I get him to socialise more? He does well in school.
A. You son's fascination and organising skills present him as a little more advanced than the average child in his age group. As much as possible, go with him to watch or take part in outdoor activities until he is comfortable going to hang out with other children by himself. Do not force him to do so.Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to email@example.com or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!