Case Study (4000 words)
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The referral initially came in for Jessica (aged 5) through her class teacher. It was felt that Jessica was quiet a dominant character in class and that often she was quite unkind to her peers which could result in them getting hurt by Jessica. It was felt by Jessica’s teacher that she would like her to play nicely with others, share with others, to be more kind and caring to others and to not shout and to give others a chance. When the initial SDQ scores came in the teacher score was 14 and the parents 21.
The school were aware that at home Jessica’s older brother has a disability and that he spent periods of time in hospital. From the parent interview it was evident that this impacts heavily on the whole family as Jessica’s brother has a life limiting disability. The family are white british, there first language being English. Living within the home are Jessica’s mother and father and her older sibling who is aged 8.
Jessica’s parents felt that they would like for her to be able to express herself more effectively rather then displaying aggressive and violent behaviours. They wanted her to be able to play nicely with others and to listen to boundaries that are in place at home and at school.
Jessica’s parents explained that she has had ongoing behavioural problems since she was a toddler. She has previously self harmed and she can regress to a much younger age, crawling round the room and she has also smeared.
Jessica is aware that her brother has a life limiting disability and has more recently verbally expressed that her brother is going to die and her concern about this. She has a close relationship with her father and it would appear that he is the most constant factor in her life especially at times of higher stress when her mother may be in hospital with her sibling.
Jessica will aim much of her frustration at home at her father however on the flip side she also is described as having a very...