Importance of Early Intervention

//Importance of Early Intervention

Importance of Early Intervention

Early intervention is the best response to academic difficulties and learning disorders. This includes identifying learning issues early and providing the child with necessary services, such as reading tutoring, additional instruction, and classroom accommodations. While learning disorders do not “go away,” their impact can be reduced over time and with proper services. Without addressing these issues in a timely manner, children are at risk of developing increasing deficits, poorer school performance, and worsening self-esteem.

New research suggests the link between academic ability and mental health are more closely related than previously thought. In a study of elementary school children, teachers rated how well their students seemed to be liked by their peers. Students who had more academic struggles in the 1stgrade were rated as less liked by their peers in 2ndgrade. These students were also found to experience symptoms of depression by the 3rdgrade. Researchers suggested that students with academic and learning difficulties may be receiving subtle messages and judgements from teachers and parents that may be negatively impacting their mental health. Similarly, peers may also pick up on these messages and view the student in a negative light.

To help address these issues, the researchers recommended providing intervention to help strengthen areas of deficit. Additionally, and equally as important, they recommended teachers and parents praise the student for their strengths and focus on their positive qualities without over-focusing on their weaknesses. By doing so, children may learn their value is based on things greater than their academic abilities.

By |2019-03-08T15:28:57+00:00March 8th, 2019|

About the Author:

Dr. Stephanie M. Fox
Dr. Fox’s professional training took her throughout the Four Corners area, which inspired her practice name. In 2009, she earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico, graduating summa cum laude. She earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Denver in 2012, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology in 2016. Throughout her training, Dr. Fox has had an extensive assessment background, including conducting diagnostic, forensic, and educational/achievement evaluations with adolescents and adults. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan, and completed her postdoctoral work in private practice in personality and psychoeducational evaluations. Collectively, Dr. Fox has completed hundreds of evaluations covering a diverse range of issues. Dr. Fox is licensed as a Psychologist in the state of Colorado (#4709), and is also nationally certified as a Health Service Psychologist by the National Register (#55849). She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Colorado Psychological Association, and Colorado Assessment Society.