50 Most Common Concerns for Parents, Teens, & Young Adults

Parents call Morgan Guidance educational consultants with many common concerns. These concerns are identified along a continuum of need from mild to moderate to severe.

Our consultants are qualified to engage a family in early intervention and emerging concerns. We plan with parents when situations are worsening. In crisis, we respond quickly to bring clarity in the midst of chaos.

There are common points of entry when a parent might be prompted to seek assistance or advising from an independent educational consultant. Morgan Guidance offers varied levels of services that are custom matched to all levels of concern and to each unique situation. Generally speaking, we think about three distinct levels of concern that might cause a parent or guardian to reach out to us.

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Early Concerns: These are problematic behaviors that are relatively new to your child and may not be that severe, but still cause some alarm or anxiety for parents.

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Rising Concerns: This refers to concerning signs that have become more established and common for your child or are perhaps increasing in intensity.

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Pressing Concerns: This refers to ongoing, persistent issues that your family has been struggling with for years.

What are the common concerns of families today? Read to learn more about the everyday issues and challenges of parents and young people in this generation.

These family experiences usually indicate that it may be time to contact an educational consultant:

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Typical Parenting Questions

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Behaviors in the Home

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School, Social or Emotional Issues

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Routinely Utilizing Therapists, Psychiatrists, or Hospitalization

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Involvement with Law Enforcement and Legal System

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“We’ve Tried Everything”

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Transition and Aftercare Planning

Common Warning Signs for Students Needing Additional Support

It’s important to understand that this is not a comprehensive list of warning signs. Nor does the presence of one or two of these signs always mean that it is time to bring in outside support or assistance. However, if you are observing a variety of these behaviors or have observed a smaller number for a long time, it may be helpful to bring in a third party to aid your family. The list below is a relatively thorough sampling of the warning signs that families should look for when considering whether or not to work with an educational consultant.

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Abusing Prescription Medications

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Poor Academic Performance

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Aggression Toward Parents at Home

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Anger Management

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Anxiety and Depression

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Attachment Issues

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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Baker Act

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Bipolar

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Bullying

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Body Image Concerns

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College Needs

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Developmental Disability

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Disordered Eating

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Emotional Dysregulation

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Executive Function

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Failure to Launch

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Gender and Identity Uncertainty

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Gifted Underperformance

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Grief and Trauma

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High Functioning Asperger’s

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IEP-504 Accommodations and Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

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Illegal Substance Use or Abuse

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Intellectual Disability

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Isolation

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Learning Disability

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Lying

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Manipulation

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No – Student Responds Poorly to Hearing “No”

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Neurodevelopmental Concerns

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Pornography Use

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Promiscuity

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Psychiatric Hospitalization

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Rage or Meltdowns

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School Problems

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School Refusals

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Sexual Acting Out

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Sexual Identity Questions

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Social Skill

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Substance Use

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Excessive Technology, Gaming and Social Media

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Underage Drinking

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Student Is Unmotivated

Educational Consultants at Morgan Guidance Services excel at planning and creating a clear path forward for families. Do not wait until a matter becomes firmly entrenched or reaches a point of crisis. Our planning is effective with early concerns and may save you from needing to plan during a future crisis. No matter where you find yourself on this continuum of need, contact us for yourself or a client and start planning today.

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