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Recognizing Students in Distress
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BEHAVIORAL AND EMOTIONAL INDICATORS
Direct statements indicating distress, family problems, or
loss
Angry or hostile outbursts, yelling, or aggressive
comments
More withdrawn or more animated than usual
Expressions of hopelessness or worthlessness; crying or
tearfulness
Expressions of severe anxiety or irritability
Excessively demanding or dependent behavior
Lack of response to outreach from course staff
Shakiness, tremors, fidgeting, or pacing
PHYSICAL INDICATORS
Deterioration in physical appearance or personal hygiene
Excessive fatigue, exhaustion; falling asleep in class
repeatedly
Visible changes in weight; statements about change in
appetite or sleep
Noticeable cuts, bruises, or burns
Frequent or chronic illness
Disorganized speech, rapid or slurred speech, confusion
Unusual inability to make eye contact
Coming to class bleary-eyed or smelling of alcohol
OTHER FACTORS
Concern about a student by his/her peers or teaching
assistant