2.2 Describe with examples the importance of recognising and responding to concern about children and young people’s development.
If a child or a young person sudden change their behaviour, use inappropriate language, become very easy upset, anxious, lack of confidence, poor hygiene, underweight bruising or injury’s which can’t be explained, this can be few indications that the child or young person may be abuse, can be emotional, physical, neglected or sexual abuse. The child or young people may lose their self-confidence, may become anxious may harm themselves or may not show interest in school. If you notice one of the above, make a note and report to the class teacher your concern, make sure that the teacher reported your concern to the relevant person who can help the child/young person appropriately to solve the problem correctly before child/young people can be affected in their development in different areas.
If a child/young person is not very communicative he/she speaks few words compare with others this may cause concern for speech and language development. Need early intervention to avoid that the child or young person to be affected in their social, communicational development. Will find hard to make friends, work in groups or speak with others. Report to the teacher your concern mention that first may need a hearing check because may be one of the reason why the child/young person will not want to socialise or communicate with others. If the hearing wasn’t the problem make sure that the teacher informs the relevant people, advise them that the child/young person may need a speech and language pathologist to evaluate the child/young person speech and language skills which may recommend them speech therapy
If you notice while you are doing individual reading with a child that will be unable to read as their peers may be a concern, can have on impact in reading development and literacy skills. It is very important that the class teacher is inform about your concern and that the teacher can do some interventions to help the child to improve their reading. If reading doesn’t improve the teacher may report the concern to relevant people (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator) as may the child/young person may have dyslexia or learning difficulties’ as more interventions could be required.
If you notice that a child by the age of two doesn’t speak or use less than 50 different words, they communicate using repetitive set of words and phrases, don’t respond on their name when are being called knowing that has a normal hearing, don’t show interest in interacting with other children of similar age, reacting negatively when had been asked to do something by a person who is not familiar with this is a concern which shouldn’t be ignored, this are few signs showing that the child may have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Children may be socially affected being unaware of what socially is and not showing interest in making friends. Children with autism may have problem with verbal and non-verbal communication, may also be difficult to understand gesture, body language, facial expression and tone of voice being difficult for children to understand reactions or to empathise with people feelings physically as the child may not be active like the other children. The best way to respond to this concern is to monitor the child and make notes of exactly what you observed in child behaviour and his/her learning skills. Respond to your concern to the class teacher and make sure that the class teacher followed procedures of being reported correctly to relevant people to be able to help the child appropriately to his/her needs.