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    Eight year-old Sean Brody is a third grader with many challenges. Due to his parent's impending divorce, for the past 6 months he has had to split his time between their separate households, as they negotiate a custody agreement.

    Prior to the separation, Sean's biggest obstacle was his hearing impairment. He is currently enrolled in a self-contained classroom for the hearing impaired where the teacher and students are all fluent in ASL. Another risk factor has been the presence of chronically elevated lead levels.

    He has increasingly shown aggression with his peers in situations where he is both provoked, and not. Minor teasing by his classmates ends in physical fights. Being paired up with others to work on projects results in Sean acting irritably and giving up. Lack of participation in the classroom has resulted in lack of enthusiasm for his homework. Thus, he is failing most of his classes.
    Last week Sean threw a chair at his tablemate and is now facing expulsion, as he has already been suspended twice. Realizing that Sean's problems are much larger than he can handle, the school guidance counselor has referred Sean and his parents to you for further assessment, and treatment.

    we just started the course not really sure how to find two potential causes for the presenting problems of Sean and explain it . Also, what type of assessment referral you might make for the client and justify the selection.

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    Challenges can occur in diagnosing a child for mental roadblocks in their daily interactions with others, thus, the parent is vital to access their current environment. In the case study listed, the findings indicate severe stress on the child's mental processing to the situations. The roadblocks indicate inability to process home drama relating to the parents divorce to early childhood stress in coping with peers, sometimes bullies. The focus should reflect on the child's own perspective. Try and think in terms of the child new awareness to identity in the 3rd grade along with his parents separation can create ...

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    The review into psychological assessments and tests evaluations to decipher underlying mental illnesses and behaviors.