When your child is struggling for a period of time, is struggling in school, looks different at home than at school, or acts inconsistent with his or her personality, therapy designed specifically for children can help them overcome these challenges. Most children experience difficulties from time to time as they grow up. Some of these challenges are physical (your changing bodies), some are mental (your school work), some are social (your friendships), some are environmental (your family life), and some are spiritual (your religious affiliations). For some children, these challenges are easily met and they continue to have a positive outlook on their future. For other children, these challenges become obstacles and they seem to be stuck in a negative cycle.
As a parent, understanding your child’s challenge and how to best motivate and encourage him is essential to maintaining a healthy relationship with him. Children take cues from their parents, so if a challenge is overwhelming for the parent, the child is likely to respond in a similar way. However, if a parent is understanding, concerned, and empathetic, the child is likely to respond positively. Sometimes just realizing your child’s challenges and how best to deal with them will make all the difference in your relationship.
If your child has been dealing with abuse, developmental issues, attention deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder, then therapy is beneficial to both parents and children. the child. Other struggles include peer pressure, divorce, depression, anger, eating disorders, addictions, self-harm, and bereavement. Some of the indications that your child may need therapy are:
- change in appetite
- more nervous than usual
- difficult to focus
- problems at school
- aggressive or angry
- trouble sleeping
- humor changes
- looks depressed
- loud noises are annoying
- regressing to younger demeanor
- refuse to speak
- fears the separation of parents
- change of friends
- socially withdrawn
- personality change
- problem with life transition (death in the family, divorce, move, new school)
Most of the time, therapy is not a long process for a child, as they adjust and adapt faster than adults. Combining parent-child therapy is doubly beneficial as it helps bring the whole family unit on the same page. If therapy is not timely, some of the challenges can be so overwhelming for a child that they feel defeated and this belief can last a lifetime. It is never too late to start the therapy process with your child; it’s too late if it never started.