S1: Hello,today we will be discussing about my Program proposal for People withDisabilities
S2: Currently, I work with children ages 5-16 with variousmental disorders, and living in low-income dwellings.
Target Population and Developmental Stage
The program targets children between ages five and eighteen. This age interval consists of two cognitive developmental stages. One of them is the concrete operational stage that is 7-11 years.
The second stage, formal operational stage, consists of children above 12 years through adulthood. At this stage, children learn to develop abstract reasoning that involves imaginations.
S3: Purpose of the Program
Previous pieces of research suggest that socioeconomic difficulties limit access to essential medical attention among children with mental disorders (Mclaughlin et al., 2012). Most of these children require psychological attention to salvaging any feelings of inferiority within society (Lightfoot, 2014). Specific ethical issues include competence, on the side of the psychologist, and respect for the children’s dignity and status of disability.
Children with mental disorders face emotional challenges that would otherwise prevent the development of resilience to adapt against any negativity.
Possible outcome of the program is an increased self-esteem and resilience to negative feelings presented in their lives.
S4: Apersonality assessment model that examines moods, disruptivebehavior, and anxiety, will be employed to assess the outcomes of theprogram.
Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development suggests that social interactions and relationships affect the growth and development among individuals. According to Mclaughlin (2012), there exists a relationship between socioeconomic status and adolescent mental disorders.
S5: Imageof a child with social needs receiving psychological service. Source: thewatsoninstitute.org
S6: Program Modification
A change that will be included in the program is a redefinition of caregiving. The selected group includes children living under the custody of either parents or caregivers. The level of acceptance among caregivers will determine the success of the program.
Previous research suggests that embracing children with disabilities increases the possibilities for the children to take charge over their lives amidst challenges (Lee, Park & Recchia, 2015).
Lee, Y., Park, H., & Recchia, S. (2015). Embracing Each Other andGrowing Together: Redefining the Meaning of Caregiving a Child withDisabilities. Journalof Child & Family Studies, 24(12),3662-3675. doi:10.1007/s10826-015-0175-x
Lightfoot, E. (2014). Children and Youth with Disabilities in theChild Welfare System: An Overview. ChildWelfare, 93(2),23-45.
Mclaughlin, K. A., Costello, E. J., Leblanc, W., Sampson, N. A., &Kessler, R. C. (2012). Socioeconomic Status and Adolescent MentalDisorders. American Journal of Public Health, 102(9),1742-1750. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2011.300477