Ideas for how to help / interact with a student with anorexia?
One of my students (college-age) recently told me s/he’s dealing with anorexia. I am fairly familiar with this, having had friends and other loved ones deal with it (and generally being in a very psychology-, and feminist/body-oriented- community), though I struggle to relate personally.
I want to get input and ideas from others regarding this situation, and I’m wondering if people in the collective have specific ideas for things to say/do, things to NOT say/do, etc – specifically with the relationship in mind of teacher/student. Any relevant experiences out there related to conversations (content, tone), confidentiality (supervisors, etc), assignments and grading, classroom dynamics, common mistakes/bloopers/pitfalls, and so on? Any creative ideas for ways I can help, be a positive influence, maybe something totally unexpected and fun and awesome… while maintaining professional boundaries? Something someone did for you?
This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.