Labeling Shut Down Learners

If you are experiencing difficulty with your child because he or she is a shut down learner, it is possible that teachers and school psychologists will offer a number of labels to help treat or improve outcomes for your child. While labeling does have its place, I have always advocated for a strengths-based perspective. This perspective allows parents and teachers to put labels aside in the short-term and focus on skills that need to be developed and strengths that can help achieve these goals. By focusing on strengths, your child experiences positive reinforcement and is able to grow using his or her own capabilities.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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