Learn The Importance of Child
Counseling in today’s COVID-19 Era
Child Counseling is a missing element in today’s society. Isolation and lack of social awareness is rampant in times of COVID-19. Is the lack of social interaction taking a toll on you and your child?
Talk to an expert child counselor in a counseling session and discuss what you and your child are going through
CHILD AND TEEN COUNSELING FOR COVID-19
Emotional disturbances can increase due to social isolation and lack of a routine for children.
Very often Kids are the reason their caregivers or parents become stressed.If you’re wondering what the best way is to deal with this isolation, read further to understand more.
Often parents and caregivers are worried if their children are having emotional disturbances, have learning disabilities, or intellectual dysfunctions, other concerns such as ADHD, bullying, nail biting, bed wetting, etc. These are common areas of concerns where we can help and advise parents and caregivers on how to manage their own emotions and stress and how to alter their behavior and apply strategies to help their kids in their issues as well. Knowing how do deal with this difficult time is crucial. Child Counseling can help you with the same.
How Can We Help With Parenting and Child Counseling Online especially during COVID-19?
COVID-19 can lead to isolation, social stunting due to lack of interaction with other children and day to day activities. Children need to be nurtured during this time more than ever. Talk to us about how you can help your child get through this difficult time using the right tools and tips
Read this inspirational parenting story to have a good idea of what it is that we do. By the end of the sessions, the caregivers and parents will be better equipped to deal with their own negative emotions and apply effective communication styles and techniques to help their children them grow and develop in a more fulfilling manner. Ensure that you can get the best for your child during this trying time.
BUSTING THE MYTHS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH IN CHILDREN &ADOLESCENTS
Do children & adolescents suffer from mental health problems? A resounding YES! Children can suffer from the same mental health problems as adults. So why aren’t children getting the appropriate care for these issues?
1. Many Adults don’t know the signs
2.Children(And many adults) lack the vocabulary to express their symptoms
3.Difficult to distinguish signs of a problem from normal behaviour
4.Stigma, Stigma and more Stigma: Parents sometimes don’t want to accept reality.
5.Logistics and monetary problems: Lack of good help or financial issues
COMMON MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS IN CHILDREN
Children have the same problems as adults but different symptoms.The problems are presented in a different manner.
When stress makes it very hard for a child to function in a normal fashion. Consult someone for this. The anxiety may be due to several factors including separation from a primary care giver.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder(ADHD):
The child is hyperactive & very impulsive. He/She finds it hard to pay attention.
Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD):
A child is unable to communicate with others well and may have atypical perceptual experiences
Anorexia and Bulimia. Children can become very obsessed over their weight/appearance. They are unable to focus on anything else.
Depression/Bipolar disorder. The child can have persistent sadness. Bipolar disorder presents with extreme mood swings.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder(ODD):
As the name suggests, defiant and argumentative behaviour towards elders or authority figures and opposition of rules.
The display of aggression, destruction of property, harming animals, threatening others and serious violations of rules
Another type of behaviour displayed by children would include keeping quite or aloof from others. Some children do not talk due to fear or anxiety while others may show the same behaviour due to depression. It is important to understand that if a child is displaying such inward behaviour it needs to be addressed similar to when a child is displaying outward expressive behaviour
Important Steps to deal with explosive behaviour in your child
1. Stay Very Calm(We know it’s tough):
Don’t Yell back even though you feel like. If you shout, You won’t be able to reach him/her. If you stay in control, your child will watch you and learn from it.
2. Don’t agree to his demands:
Make sure you don’t give in to his demands to make him/her stop yelling
3. Give praise when needed:
If he calms down, praise him for it. Also praise him/her when he tries to express himself calmly.
4. Teach him problem solving skills:
Do this when the child is not upset. Put a problem to him and ask him/her how he thinks you might solve it.
5. Time outs along with rewards:
If the child isn’t violent, then incorporate timeouts. This can work if the child is less than 8 years. If not, use a points system for good behaviours. If he gets enough points, he can get something he wants. Do this for good behaviours
6. Identify and avoid triggers: Usually, kids are set off by predictable triggers. Give time warnings for things which might trigger him off.
7. Identify the reasons for his aggressive behaviour:
Remember the possible causes for aggressive could be one of the following:
Learning disability which isn’t diagnosed
Sensory processing problems: Too much noise, rough clothes can set them off
BEHAVIOUR TECHNIQUES AND PROFESSIONAL HELP
If you feel that outbursts are difficult to handle, get professional help.
You will learn techniques to manage your child’s behaviour. Your child can learn to reduce outbursts and improve their relationship with you.
1.Parent child interaction therapy:
For children between 2 and 7 years. The parent and child solve a series of exercises together. Learn to praise positive behaviours, ignore minor misbehaviours. Also how to remain calm.
2. Parent management therapy:
here the therapist focuses on the parent
3.Collaborative and proactive solutions:
Teach children skills to tackle situations better.
4.When behaviour techniques aren’t sufficient, the doctor might recommend medications to keep your child safe.
So, if you think your child’s behaviour requires attention, here is what to do next.
Consult your Family Doctor:
They usually know who to go to to deal with similar issues.
Clinical Child Psychologist:
Someone who has completed a Phd or MPhil in clinical child psychology. They can diagnose as well as supervise further treatment.
Child or adolescent Psychiatrist:
Is a medical doctor trained in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
Paediatric Neuropsychologist :
They will diagnose whether the issue is a psychiatric one. They are especially consulted if your child has problems with focusing, learning or problem solving.
Medical doctors specialising in the nervous system. Consulted in the case of seizures and other symptoms to rule out nervous system involvement.
Usually has all the requisite information for referrals. They can coordinate the intervention especially in school for your child.
Ideally, start with your Family Doctor
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HOW DO I KNOW IF THERE’S SOMETHING AFFECTING MY CHILD?
That’s a great question. The next 2 paragraphs will explain how you can identify warning signs. Then actually differentiate them from normal events in your child’s life.
13 IMPORTANT WARNING SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS
- Mood changes: Sadness for more than 2 weeks. Especially if this affects relationships in school or at home Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason. This can be with a fast heart beat or breathing.
- Involved in many Fights: Wanting to hurt others
- Attempting to kill oneself or making plans to do so
- Not eating/Using laxatives/throwing up to lose weight
- Worrying that is affecting the child’s daily activities
- Extreme difficulty in staying still or concentrating.
- The child has no idea of the consequences of his/her actions. This leads to physical harm or poor grades in school
- Sudden, extreme changes in personality
- Drug or alcohol use
- Extreme, severe, Mood swings that harm relationships
- Difficulty in sleeping: Either too much/ too little sleep. Also, difficulty in falling asleep
- Breaking rules with no regard for authority. Child shows no remorse. This affects home, school or social life.
- Social Problems: Child has anxiety when separated from you. The child has negative interactions with other children.
Of course, we all worry about our kids. You could worry about whether they are happy. Or if they are developing in the healthiest possible way. No one wants to see their child sad or suffering in anyway. So how does a parent know whether their child needs help? Developing children have a wide range of milestones. Rushing to label a child one way or the other is unnecessary. Overreacting is the worst thing to do in this case.
1.Your child’s behaviour starts interfering with his/her daily activities
2. Family can’t cope with his/her behaviour,then it might be time to seek help.
TO HELP YOU OUT, WE’VE ALSO PUT TOGETHER A LIST OFQUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK YOURSELF
1.What SPECIFIC behaviour about your child is worrying you? :
be as specific as possible. Don’t generalise by saying he’s acting difficult. Talk in specifics: Eg. He starts bawling everytime you leave him at school.
2.How often does this behaviour occur? :
Notice the number, intensity and duration of the symptoms. Is he having tantrums very often? Remember, all children can exhibit irrational fears, anger and defiance occasionally. You must differentiate between this and something more serious
3.Do you think this behaviour is NORMAL for a child his/her age?:
The best way to do this is to share your child’s behaviour with a professional: Ask your child’s teacher. Ask the paediatrician or the school psychologist.
4.How many days/weeks has this been going on for?:
Differentiate short term responses to events since they don’t need help.
5.To what extent is this interfering with your child’s life?
Is your child facing difficulty at school, at home or is this affecting the family? Can he take pleasure in sports, studies or whatever else pleases him? Does he get along with friends, teachers and family? If not, you may need to seek professional guidance.