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DIFFERENT FAMILIES/
DIFFERENT DANCE
CHILDREN OF OF
ALCOHOLICS
IN THE CLASSROOM
code: 1181
North Carolina Middle Level
Educ...
AGENDA
• INTRODUCTION- WHO AM I WHO
ARE YOU
• GOALS OF CLASS
• DYNAMICS IN THE ALCOHOLIC
FAMILIES
• ROLES CHILDREN CAN ADO...
WHAT DO YOU HOPE
TO GAIN FROM THIS
WORKSHOP?
ASSUMPTIONS
• MAIN ROLE OF PARENTS IS TO
PROVIDE FOR NEEDS
• PARENTS ARE HUMAN AND
MAKE MISTAKES
CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS
Resilient
Clever
Getting their needs met
Not deficient or less than
Strengths and limitations like
...
MANY VARIABLES
INFLUENCE /IMPACT
ALCOHOLIC PARENT
Emerging themes in an
alcoholic family
Take blame
Shame
Guilt
Unclear boundaries
Don’t know what is normal
Don’t trust fee...
Co-dependent
• Caretaking: become indispensable,
become a martyr.
• Assuming responsibility for other's
behavior.
• Increa...
Hero Child
• “little mother/father” in the
house
• always does what's right
• over-achiever
• very responsible
• needs eve...
Rebel/ Scapegoat
• hostility & defiance
• withdrawn & sullen
• gets negative attention-trouble-
maker
• independent
• trut...
Lost Child
• loner
• day-dreamer
• solitary (alone)
• withdrawn
• drifts & floats through life
• not missed for days
• qui...
Mascot/Clown
• super cute
• immature
• anything for a laugh or attention
• ambassador
• hyper-active, short attention
span...
How do these
behaviors manifest
in classroom?
Suggestions for Teachers
Emotionally /physically safe
place
Compassionate boundaries
Listen- reflecting feelings
Alert gui...
Summary
Children of alcoholics are resilient,
clever and are just trying to get
their needs met like any of us
They have l...
ANY QUESTIONS?
It has been my pleasure!
annroberts
AROBERTS@RADFORD.EDU
Code: 1181
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Different Families Different Dances: Children of Alcoholics in the Classroom

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Different Families Different Dances: Children of Alcoholics in the Classroom
When you live in a family where a parent has an addiction you learn ways of coping to help the family and get your needs met. Sometimes those strategies are counterproductive in the classroom. Participants will learn about Children of Alcoholics and strategies to help students be more successful in school.
Presenter: Ann Mary Roberts - Radford University - Radford, VA

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Different Families Different Dances: Children of Alcoholics in the Classroom

  1. 1. DIFFERENT FAMILIES/ DIFFERENT DANCE CHILDREN OF OF ALCOHOLICS IN THE CLASSROOM code: 1181 North Carolina Middle Level Education March 17th, 2014 Ann Mary Roberts Radford University
  2. 2. AGENDA • INTRODUCTION- WHO AM I WHO ARE YOU • GOALS OF CLASS • DYNAMICS IN THE ALCOHOLIC FAMILIES • ROLES CHILDREN CAN ADOPT • IMPLICATIONS IN THE CLASSROOM • WHAT CAN TEACHERS DO • QUESTIONS AND CLOSURE
  3. 3. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO GAIN FROM THIS WORKSHOP?
  4. 4. ASSUMPTIONS • MAIN ROLE OF PARENTS IS TO PROVIDE FOR NEEDS • PARENTS ARE HUMAN AND MAKE MISTAKES
  5. 5. CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS Resilient Clever Getting their needs met Not deficient or less than Strengths and limitations like every other child
  6. 6. MANY VARIABLES INFLUENCE /IMPACT ALCOHOLIC PARENT
  7. 7. Emerging themes in an alcoholic family Take blame Shame Guilt Unclear boundaries Don’t know what is normal Don’t trust feelings/senses Chaos Need for control
  8. 8. Co-dependent • Caretaking: become indispensable, become a martyr. • Assuming responsibility for other's behavior. • Increasing control efforts when chaos increases, attempting to control everything and everyone, • Believing that with more effort you can fix the addict/family. • Accepting only acceptable feelings.
  9. 9. Hero Child • “little mother/father” in the house • always does what's right • over-achiever • very responsible • needs everyone's approval • not much fun • controlling • driven
  10. 10. Rebel/ Scapegoat • hostility & defiance • withdrawn & sullen • gets negative attention-trouble- maker • independent • truth teller • trouble with addiction
  11. 11. Lost Child • loner • day-dreamer • solitary (alone) • withdrawn • drifts & floats through life • not missed for days • quiet, shy & ignored
  12. 12. Mascot/Clown • super cute • immature • anything for a laugh or attention • ambassador • hyper-active, short attention span • won’t take things seriously
  13. 13. How do these behaviors manifest in classroom?
  14. 14. Suggestions for Teachers Emotionally /physically safe place Compassionate boundaries Listen- reflecting feelings Alert guidance Advisory-skills building
  15. 15. Summary Children of alcoholics are resilient, clever and are just trying to get their needs met like any of us They have learned a different dance to get those needs met and to take care of their families Caring teachers can positively impact their dance
  16. 16. ANY QUESTIONS? It has been my pleasure! annroberts AROBERTS@RADFORD.EDU Code: 1181

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