Does Your Child Lack Motivation? Is Your Child an Underachiever?
|1. Your child scores average or better on intelligence tests, but consistently brings home poor grades.||11. Teachers report that the child is almost always behind in school work and lacks self discipline.|
|2. Teachers have been telling you for a long time that "he doesn't apply himself".||12. Makes excuses for poor grades like "the teacher is boring", "the class is irrelevant", or "I had a bad day".|
|3. Too much time is spent watching TV or not doing anything constructive.||13. He seems to have a short attention span.|
|4. Too little time is spent preparing for classes or doing homework. May even claim that there is no assigned work.||14. Spends more time and energy working at getting out of tasks than completing them.|
|5. Shows little initiative in doing household chores. Is not a "self-starter". Must be nagged.||15. Appears to make no realistic plans for the future. In fact, refuses to seriously discuss it.|
|6. Is immature in relationships with adults. Sees any criticism as being "picked on".||16. He can do well, but only when he feels like it.|
|7. Often fails to complete projects, or loses interest even in things he says he wants.||17. Becomes angry when things don't go exactly the way he wants.|
|8. Does his worst in the important subjects like Reading, Math and English.||18. Cannot save money regardless of how much he earns or is given.|
|9. Procrastinates. Answers most parent requests with "later"or" in a minute". Leaves school projects until the last minute.||19. Lacks self confidence especially around kids his own age.|
|10. Seldom accepts responsibility for personal failure. Tends to blame "bad luck"or other people.||20. Teachers say he can't work without one-to-one attention.|
|Number of Yes Answers|
|Probably not an underachiever
Most likely an underachiever
This Underachievement Profile is no substitute for a professional evaluation. We ask parents to fill out the Underachievement Profile and bring it along to the initial interview.
Remember, most underachievers will deny they have a problem. It is you as parents who must make the decision to seek help. For information call 630-627-5000