Do Kids from Military Families Need Extra Support at School?

Do you know a military family with one or more parents who are deployed?  If so, their kids could be at greater risk for a variety of problems.

Nearly 2 million children in the United States have experienced a parent’s military deployment.  Previous research has shown that these kids may be at increased risk for emotional, behavioral and relationship difficulties.  Unfortunately, little is known about how best help military children with their specialized needs.

Medical News Today is reporting that University of Missouri researcher believes that school-based interventions may be the best way to help kids whose parents have deployed.

Dr. David Albright believes that military children are an overlooked population, and need more attention from school officials.

He says “Many children who act out in school are asked about common causes of bad behavior, such as bullying or parents’ divorce.  Rarely are children asked whether parents or siblings serve in the military.”

According to Dr. Albright, if their parents are away, these kids may be experiencing feelings of separation or worrying about whether their parents will be injured or killed.

If family members recently have returned from active duty, they may be displaying symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury that can make children’s home lives more stressful.”

In order to best help military children, Dr. Albright says teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and social workers should be aware of military culture and how it may affect children’s behaviors at school.

If you’re part of a military family, we thank you for your service to our country!

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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