Activity 1

Your student Anna, who is recovering from an eating disorder, just ran out of class because of triggering course content. In class, there was a visitor dietician who was discussing nutrition, body image, and healthy eating when a co-student made an implicitly offensive comment about weight and body mass index. This triggered Anna, causing her to run out of the classroom. You also leave class to check on her, and you find her pacing anxiously up and down the hallway with a worried look on her face.

Which of the below options are appropriate response in this case?

A. I thought you recovered from your eating disorder. Why does this bother you?

B. I noticed that you ran out of the class after your co-student made that insensitive comment. Do you want to talk about how you’re feeling, or do you need time for yourself?

C. Come on back to class, you don’t want to miss everything and fall behind.

Activity 2

Case scenario

  • Suzie’s (who is 13 years old) mother died a year ago from Covid-19, and Suzie is still having a hard time at school. At times she seems spirited and may be playing with her classmates at the schoolyard while other times she gets visibly upset or emotional and withdraws from activities and social interactions. Suzie has difficulty sleeping at night and concentrating in school. Last week during your class, you caught Suzie crying. You had a discussion with her and she told you that she is feeling very sad and that she also feels guilty when she is having fun with her classmates during classroom brakes. She said that she misses her mom and she finds dealing with school difficult.

How would you respond to Suzie?