EXCESSIVE DEPENDENCY : INTERVENTION APPROACHES
1. Attempts should be made to help parents of these children to
understand the problem, and suggestions might be made that they discipline
the child more consistently and/or that they offer him or her more
opportunities to make choices. Often the father needs to play a more
active role. Interviews with the father generally are more useful than
those with the mother. Attempts should be made to separate the mother
from the child when feasible. The mother might be urged to participate
in social activities outside the home.
2. Overprotected children tend to be bossy or submissive and have
difficulty in making friends. Attempts should be made to help them get
into group activities. The problem tends to diminish with increasing age.
3. The chief interest of overprotected children is reading. They tend
to avoid rough-and-tumble games. Since strength, endurance, and
coordination suffer, efforts should be made to get them involved in
4. These children are usually experts in verbal activities but need
extra help in mathematics.
5. Outside activities (such as summer camping) have proven valuable,
because they get these children out of the home and on their own.
6. These children may be assisted by seating them near more independent
and mature pupils.
7. Value judgments by outsiders should be kept at a minimum.
8. Pleas for attention should not be actively rejected: they can
simply be ignored.
9. Do not call upon the child unless it is certain he or she knows
10. Allow the student to play leadership roles and, at the same time,
let him or her figure out how to handle most situation.
11. Instruct the parents to give the child increasing amounts of
freedom to play with friends, or to go to the store, and to move about
in the neighborhood.
12. Activities should be so constructed that success is it's own reward.
Praise is helpful but tends to be interpreted by the child as another
outward gauge of his or her success or failure.