who struggle to adjust to a new culture and language".
In January 2013, the clinician team of the Tree Group visited international schools in Shanghai, China. At the time, many Korean expatriates and their families moved to China. Due to the immigration, children had to adjust to English-speaking environments and the lifestyle in China, and such language and cultural barrier led to academic struggles. Consequently, the children relied more and more on private tutoring, which developed into secondary symptoms such as depression, anxiety, distress, inattentiveness and behavioral disorders.
The Tree Group’s clinician team visited Shanghai Community International School and Concordia International School Shanghai and met counsellor teachers to discuss the grave reality the children face at schools and how to best support their psychological and behavioral problems. Many international schools refer multicultural students with such difficulties to the Tree Group and we continue communicating with schools to provide professional support.