Trouble, #435


When you teach young children, every once in a while you encounter a child who you know needs therapeutic intervention.  Yesterday, I clearly saw one of those children, and I’ve been thinking about him ever since.

I was reading a story, and it was a good one.  It was one of those stories that just touches your heart and leaves you with a smile on your face.  (Click HERE to check out “Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni.)  One little boy really connected to the story, and as I moved on from it to sing a song with the kids, he began to beg me to stop.  He was absolutely pleading with me, because he wanted to hear the story again.  Unfortunately, I was unable to comply, as I had another class of children coming any minute.

His reaction was severe.  He began sobbing uncontrollably, and a couple of the teachers brought him outside of the room to console him.  They tried offering to read him the book again outside of the class, but it still was not enough.  His melt down lasted for a while, and finally, like turning off a light switch, he was suddenly okay.

In all my years of teaching, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a reaction that extreme, and truly, it made me feel horrible.  He is such a sweet boy, and I hate seeing a child feel so miserable especially over something so small.  Obviously, to him the situation was not small at all, and I just hope and pray he will be okay and his parents will recognize when to get professional help.

As I’ve thought of this child, the song “Trouble” by Cat Stevens has been running through my head.  I can hear the words,

“Oh trouble set me free
I have seen your face
And it’s too much too much for me”

It is exactly what I’ve been feeling.  There is nothing more troubling than seeing a child who needs help.  Poor little thing.  Click HERE to go to Youtube and to hear Cat Steven’s song, “Trouble.”  May all goodness come to this boy, and as  I am thinking the best thoughts for him, may nothing but love and kindness come his way.


2 responses »

  1. Have you spoken to the parents about this? Sometimes parents minimize or dismiss their own concerns about their children until someone else notices it as well. One strategy that can help with a child who has extreme reactions is to name the feeling and be there in a soothing and calming way without trying to solve the problem. A simple, “It’s really disappointing when you can’t hear a story you really like again, isn’t it?” can really help. Or, “You look really, really sad…”

    • Thanks for the comment! I was not the one really dealing with the child. There’s a big difference when you’re a music teacher vs. the child’s classroom teacher. His teachers are so fabulous and are absolute pros with big backgrounds in education. I have no doubt that they handled everything is the best and most professional manner. Thanks so much for your input though!

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