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Children’s habits of hiding in the bathroom

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When unable to complete a task

Based on information submitted by parents, teachers, and the school. Alex never finishes schoolwork and his attention easily turns to the situation around him. Alex, an 8-year-old, always avoids when it comes to completing his duties. When asked by the teacher why it was not finished, then Alex just kept quiet. When the teacher chased again with the same question, Alex just kept quiet. After the teacher stopped asking questions, Alex asked his teacher for permission to go to the bathroom. Until the lesson was over and it was time to get home from school, Alex had not yet returned to his class. Because the teacher did not find Alex, the teacher called the parents to determine if it had been picked up. But with information from his parents, Alex has not returned home.

The teacher then coordinates with the school janitor, to search for Alex throughout the room. Because the last permission to bathe than the janitor looks for him in the bathroom. Thank God after a few minutes Alex was finally found in the bathroom on the 2nd floor. The janitor several times knocked on the door of the bathroom at the end of the 2nd floor still there was no answer. The cleaner suspected that Alex was in the bathroom because when the door was opened it was closed from the inside. The janitor also heard the sound of water being turned on and off from inside the bathroom. After the officer tried several times to ask Alex to open the bathroom door, he still did not want to open it. Finally, the officers were forced to dismantle the bathroom door to find Alex. Eventually, officers found Alex in the bathroom sitting on the toilet. This incident is always repeated when Alex is unable to complete the task given by the teacher.

How did this behavior happen?

Based on the results of psychologic observations obtained data that he had undergone surgery on the right palm. This operation is done because of the presence of the virucae Palma virus that makes hardened lumps in the hands (a type of fisheye). After completing the operation, Alex was diagnosed by one of the medic’s rehabilitation doctors with motor-sensory disorders. As a result of this disorder often Alex presses when writing in a book or does not feel pain when injected. Then the doctor did therapy to help Alex train the sensitivity of his limbs (his hands) to the surface of an object. This condition is one of the causes of Alex often not being completed when doing writing tasks or other tasks.

Cognitively, Alex has a pretty good ability. He has a pretty good understanding, attention, and memory. Alex is quite able to understand every instruction given by the teacher. Alex also can remember 7 out of 10 images given by the teacher, but he has difficulty in integration skills, namely the ability to see as a whole, not parts. Alex has a good ability to manage existing impulses with rational control. But having problems with his affections causes Alex to focus more on following his feelings than his common sense (Cognition). This conflict resulted in Alex experiencing obstacles in expressing his feelings openly.

Alex has a great motivation to learn, but the urge does not arise when there is a presence of parents beside him. The dominance of both parents made Alex discouraged. He didn’t want to bring out his true abilities when he was in school. Alex used to always be helped in completing tasks, such as writing in class, taking food while at home, so that makes him lazy to do it. Parental control while at home makes Alex lack initiative, so when there is an unfinished task he chooses to run into the bathroom and wait until his parents come to pick him up.

How do I help Alex face his life?

Looking, reading, and knowing the results of the observations above we can take several ways to help Alex. First to help his writing ability fisioterapi therapy and occupational therapy can be given to restore the function of his hands to normal and can be used properly. Second, to help Alex control his emotions when he fails to complete the task we can give him SEFT therapy so that he can better control himself. Third, change the parenting of authoritarian parents and always help children become open parenting and give confidence to children to complete tasks according to their abilities. The latter provides input to the school to make the toilet door safe and can be opened from the outside during emergencies such as the incident experienced by Alex.

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