Bipolar Disorder Case Study Paper

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Students diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder can require extensive time outside of the classroom attending sessions with a trained professional alongside their family and possibly take medication either at home or school. In a clinical study conducted by Leffler, Fristad, and Klaus, children with Bipolar Disorder responded positively with Psychoeducational Psychotherapy (PEP) (2010). During this case study, children, parents, and school professionals met weekly to set goals and discuss completed projects. Projects included healthy habits, cognitive-behavior therapy, breaking negative family cycles, coping, and problem-solving skills, school planning, and symptom management. School professionals were asked to attend sessions involving school. Students …show more content…
Chen et al. concluded that children diagnosed with ADHD and depression had a greater occurrence of diagnosis conversion later on in life (2015). Researchers also found a positive relationship between boys with ADHD and behavioral disorders being later diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. With that connection, educators should make sure that they follow the Individualized Education Plan developed by the parents and other professionals necessary for children with Bipolar Disorder. Considering the comorbidity of ADHD and Bipolar Disorder, educators could use similar strategies utilized for ADHD. Educators should have consistent planned and unplanned breaks to allow for greater attention span. The classroom environment should be free from distractions and provide role model students seated close to the student. Shortened assignments should be given with more time on task as needed and appropriate. Structure and predictability help a child to focus and lessen mood swings that cause behavioral …show more content…
There was a separate room for students with IEP’s. Both Brenda and her mother did not feel that she needed an IEP because her grades were average. She recalls that she received good grades in the classes that she liked. Thinking about my classroom, it is my responsibility to create an environment where every student feels safe and can learn at their best. I need to create activities and tasks that are challenging to all students. I need to develop and understanding for all of my student 's interests and learning style and use that information to drive my instruction. Small groups can help foster a sense of community in which interaction and collaboration occur every day. Roles and responsibilities within these groups must be clearly defined and rehearsed so that all students can be part of the problem-solving process. If short-term memory is present, the use of manipulatives, graphic organizers, and other visual displays will help lead students like Brenda through the content. Students also need to feel that they are an important part of my class. They need assurance that they are supported and

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