Give Bi-Polar Students Choices Instead of Commands
Researchers have indicated a 400 to 4000 percent increase in the diagnosis of pediatric bi-polar disorder since 1995 (See research articles below). Most educators have not been trained to work with children diagnosed with the mood swings associated with this disorder.
When working with students who have a bi-polar condition, it is beneficial to use equal choices and an even low-key voice. For example, instead of saying “Set the table.” Say: “Do you want to use the purple dishes or the green dishes to set the table?” “Do you want to use the tall skinny glasses or the short fat glasses?”
At school, say things like, “Do you want to write your math problems with my red pencil or your blue pencil?” “Do you want to do the odd problems or the even problems?”
The more you use choices, the more the student or child will be in control of their emotions.
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