SEMH Key Characteristics

Children with social and emotional difficulties may:

• find it difficult to form friendships

• often appear preoccupied and therefore find it difficult to get involved in activities

• have difficulty keeping on task

• have difficulty taking part in group activities and discussion

• often become tearful or throw tantrums for no apparent reason

• have psychosomatic illnesses

• have low self-esteem and often become victims of bullies

• become bullies themselves

• be aggressive and disruptive

• find it difficult to conform to classroom rules and routines

• be excessively attention-seeking through either negative behaviour or clinginess

• sometimes have school phobia

• underachieve in many areas of the school curriculum.