Helping Children Deal with Teasing and Bullying

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Re: referrals

From: Marilyn
Date: 10/24/01
Time: 6:48:19 PM
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Yes I do think a referral to a psychologist is appropriate if (a) you believe that the bullying is contributing to the exacerbation of stuttering (emotional and/or physical aspects);

(b)you believe that the effects of the bullying are having psychological impact that affects the child's overall well being and emotional/mental heath;

(c) you have discussed the idea of a referral with the parent and the parent agrees to a referral. Ultimately it is the parent's decision to seek counselling from a psychologist, but I believe we have an ethical responsibility to discuss the possibility of a referral if we believe that the impact on the child warrants a referral.

Ideally the referral would be to a psychologist who works in this area, and you work together with the psycholgist and the parent in a team approach.

Regarding your second question, I do believe that teasing and bullying can contribute to and can trigger development of the emotional aspects of stuttering.

Thank you for your questions. Sincerely, Marilyn

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