Friday 4 December, 2020

Watch: Parent prep and guidance for SEA

Tens of thousands of children are currently sitting for Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) after months of hard work. 

Every year, there are a number of students who are placed under incredible pressure to pass, with parents utilising methods that does not bode well for their child's emotional and mental well-being. 

Denise Jittan-Johnson, Clinical Psychologist of Douglas and Associates stopped by our studio to offer guidance on how parents can treat with themselves and their children during this time. Jittan-Johnson revealed that her office usually sees a large influx of parents and children visiting, requesting help with coping with anxiety (both from the parent and child) in the lead up the exam. 


"It's all about what parents can do to facilitate a healthy environment for their kids as their going into this space. A lot of the work that we do is help parents understand that there is so much more to a child's success than how they do in this one exam.

"The day is one day. It's one exam that they're writing. We need to be in a position to help them move on and not stay in this space of second-guessing themselves until results come out."

Jittan-Johnson also stated that it's important that parents be realistic about their child's capabilities. 

"You are with this child and you're seeing their progress and abilities, and it's important to have a realistic expectation of what your child can do. If it is that he or she is struggling, pay attention to it, help them out; if their teacher is consistently noting concerns, get them additional help, some psycho-educational testing, if there are learning disorders that exist, attention problems that exist, pay attention and get the requisite help in order to give them the best footing they can to succeed.

"It's also very important to understand that not every child is going to thrive academically or at the same pace and that's okay, once they try their best."

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