Warning Signs  

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When to Refer a Student for Further Assistance

Some signs that suggest problems for which the student should be referred for assessment are if the student:

  • Manifests a change in personality (goes from being actively involved to quiet and withdrawn, or goes from being quiet to more agitated or demanding).
  • Shows signs of memory loss.
  • Exhibits behaviors or emotions that are inappropriate to the situation. 
  • Shows signs of depression (no visible emotions or feelings, appears lethargic, loses weight, looks exhausted and complains of sleeping poorly, displays feelings of worthlessness or self-hatred, or is apathetic about previous interests).
  • Talks about unusual patterns of eating, not eating, or excessively eating.
  • Experiences deteriorating academic performance (incapacitating test anxiety, sporadic class attendance, or extended absences from class).
  • Begins or increases alcohol.
  • Makes statements regarding suicide, homicide, feelings of hopelessness, or helplessness.
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