I also dislike that blanket term of “emotional problems”.
There is a new batch of school psychologist who are not accepting this blanket term and working to reach more students. But there are always more students then there are student advocates.
The more I think about it, when my bro is not able to look me in the eye and really has a hard time starting a conversation and really stops talking, I know he’s going to slide into some negative symptom. He calls it wax build-up.
I do see that very same response in the kids from the spectrum school. The lack of understanding of humor is also interesting. My brother is always joking when he’s feeling better. But when he looks at me and says, he doesn’t understand the joke I know a shift is happening.
May I ask a delicate question? Please note this is a person on the outside looking in… Do you think that maybe SZ also has a spectrum to it like Autism? People have gotten seriously angry at me for suggesting this idea.