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dlkymer
dlkymer asks:
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Has anyone had a young 7 year old in 2nd grade who is now showing signs of being less mature and "worldly" than his peers?  

My son is in 2nd grade and is 7.  Most of his peers in his class are already 8.  He was evaluated by the CST and is not qualified for services.  His skills are adequate, but he has trouble focusing.  He is having difficulty making friends due to his lack of maturity.  He seemed very mature for his age up until now, and it seems to have come to a halt.  He cries easily, gets overly excited, and sometimes acts inappropriately.  the school mentioned retaining him, but I feel this could be detrimental.  Has anyone dealt with a problem similar to this?  Thanks
In Topics: School and Academics, Cognitive development
> 60 days ago

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BMelton
Jan 24, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Having your son evaluated at the school certainly may have given you more information, but he did not qualify for services. However, the assessment may indicate other issues, such as attention deficit. You need to speak with your physician about your concerns and bring him a copy of the evaluation report from the school. He may suggest a consultation with a counselor or specialist to intervene.

Retention has not been shown to benefit children and should be a last resort. Ask the school personnel how retention would help you child. You may also request tutoring and counseling at school to support his development.

Brenda Melton
Professional School Counselor

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