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Alex Case Study 8 Alex Palacio: A Case Study Analysis Jamila M. Covington Capella University
Alex Case Study 8 Introduction Alex is a middle child of Ernest and Isabel. He has an older sister and a younger brother. He is currently in the fourth grade. Alex was described as a pretty laid-back child until recently. Before entering the third grade, Alex’s parents began to have marital problems. His parents went to counseling, but in the end, they could not work out their issues, so they decided to split. Alex continued to live with his mother and spent the weekends at his father’s house. Fourth grade began pretty normally for Alex, and he was placed in Mr. William’s class. Mr. Williams ran a tight ship when it came to his classroom, but also could be regarded as fair. Due to financial hardship, Alex’s mother, Isabel, needed to find a better paying job, but in December, she became ill and had to be hospitalized. At this time, Alex’s grandmother took over the primary care of him and his siblings. Alex’s father tried to take over as much of the caregiving as he could but feared losing his job from taking time off. Because of this, many difficulties began in the household. Towards the middle of fourth grade, Alex’s grades began to suffer, and he started acting out in class. Mr. Williams noted Alex was sullen and apathetic in class. Alex begins to no turn in homework and does not participate, and for this, Mr. Williams did not give him the maximum points allowed. One day in class, Alex got into an argument with one of his classmates, and Mr. Williams felt it was best if they would go to the principal’s office. This made Alex upset. He then made a statement that the teacher took as a threat. Alex stated to the teacher that, “Sometimes I feel like throwing a chair at you.” After this, the teacher recommended suspension along with a psychological evaluation. He was very insistent that Alex did not return to his classroom.
Alex Case Study 8 Presenting Issue & Challenges The primary issue is Alex’s aggressiveness and possible anxiety due to his parent’s divorce. The fact that a fourth-grader has to deal with the problems that are going on his family can cause issues in his everyday life. His parent’s separation, his mother falling ill, having to give up extracurricular activities, and his father not being able to be involved in Alex’s life, Alex is showing signs of anger. Alex seems to be overwhelmed and not handling his attitude the right way in his life due to what’s going on at home. Alex does not seem to have any outlets at home, and his teacher does not recognize the signs either. It seems none of the adults in Alex’s life is

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