Q. I know we must respect school rules, but can you explain to me why a school would have a graduation ceremony after students have finished five years of schooling and gone on to college. What is the purpose of a October/November graduation programme? My child is abroad in college and will not be able to participate.
A This programme serves as a motivator to the younger students and rewards those who have done well. Using technology, your child may participate. Please ask the school how this may be done.
My nephews three boys - eight, 10 and 13 - have been diagnosed with learning disabilities. We realised this about three years ago and tried a reading teacher privately, but this has not been very helpful. What next can we do?
A It is recommended that you seek the help of a special educator, someone who has been specially trained to work with children with learning disabilities. Contact the Jamaica Association for Children with Learning Disabilities and they will be able to help you to locate a special educator. You may also ask your school's guidance counsellor if he/she can guide you also.
I work with a programme that provides care for adults. The director thinks that it is okay for children seven to 10 years of age to visit and read and sing to the elderly persons. Some of them are 'almost gone' and others, mentally not here. Will it make a difference if the children visit or not?
A It will make a great and wonderful difference to the senior citizens to know that someone cares for them enough to visit them. The music will especially be beneficial and will calm them, as it is excellent therapy. It is also good for the children to experience good citizenship by helping others.
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!