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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

I think my child requires assistance. How do I know if my child may have special socio-emotional needs?

Often when we talk about individual emotional needs we tend to think about behavioral disorders, but these are not the only symptoms that can result, e.g.: withdrawal, work refusal, etc. can be other symptoms.

Regarding behavioral disorders, every child can experience difficult times. However, generally, most children learn to control their aggressive urges and acquire pro-social skills in response to the structures and expectations set by their parents and other caregivers and simply because they are maturing.

Disruptive behaviors may include severe outbursts of anger, aggression and general difficulties to comply. Assistance is needed when the student's behavior causes significant and lasting distress for herself/himself and for her/his family and when it interferes with her/his expected adaptive function.

Why is it necessary to establish a specialized diagnostic?

The results of the diagnostic shed light on the current situation of the student's skills in the areas of behavior, communication, socialization and academic performance. The diagnostic process brings answers in a detailed and objective way.

This is important in order to not misdiagnose a child or adolescent who may actually have other difficulties at the root of their behavior. If this happens, our actions may not be efficient and the student would better be supported by another competence centre that could meet their needs more effectively.

Moreover, the outcomes of the specialized diagnostic officially indicate whether the student is eligible to benefit from the CDSE's assistance or not. It is designed to clarify and motivate a potential support system for the student by the CDSE if this is what the parents request.

CDSE measures may not be launched without the agreement of the parents/guardians. As parent/guardian, you maintain the authority to decide about the activities and orientations offered to your child. Any measure may be discontinued at any time at the request of the legal guardian of the child or adolescent.

My child has specific socio-emotional needs and requires assistance. What does this mean for my child's future?

It is difficult to predict whether these specific needs may represent obstacles for the child’s or adolescent's future. Every human is different and so are the reasons for their symptoms. Depending on the individual and his/her environment, it may therefore be possible to overcome difficulties quickly or you have to be patient and take time to see change taking place. Preferably the CDSE intervenes in the school respecting the principle of inclusion.

There is no generalized response. However, we encourage you to talk to your child's CDSE supervisor who can answer any questions you have about your child and his/her progress and perhaps explore what you can do on your side to advance progress.