Bringing up children is partly a natural process and partly a learnt skill. At times parents get helpless to find the right ways to address childhood problems. As children grow they face their own set of difficulties unique to their age and developmental periods.
Children may present with developmental problems very early upto 5 years of age such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum disorders, PDD, Intellectual Disabilities, Speech and Language Disorders, and Specific Developmental disorders.
Older school age children present with ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, conduct disorders, emotional disorders like separation anxiety, phobic anxiety, sibling rivalry, social anxiety, habit and tics, enuresis and encopresis, pica, feeding disorders, depression, stuttering and stammering.
Adolescent is a critical developmental stage where physical, psychological and emotional transition is taking place from childhood to adulthood. Teenagers present with their unique transition related issues like anger and aggression, defiance, deviant peer groups, school performance issues, issues related to gender and sexuality, self injurious behaviours and suicidal attempts, depression and anxiety, smoking, alcohol or drug use, eating disorders and body image disorders.
PARENTS MAY SEEK CONSULTATION FOR A CHILD WHO FACES FOLLOWING ISSUES:
Emotional and behavioural problems at home or school
- Hyperactivity, poor attention, easy distractibility, impulsive behavior
- Poor working memory
- Destructive behaviour such as destroying property
- Aggressive behaviour such as angry outbursts, temper tantrums, hitting, kicking, biting, head banging, abusing
- Lying or stealing, demanding, manipulative behavior
- Self harm, cutting, mutilating, suicidal threats and attempts
- Mood swings, irritability (e.g., happy one minute, upset the next), cranky
- Low mood, episodes of sadness, tearfulness, clinging to parents or depression
- Social withdrawal or isolation
- Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Trauma ( PHYSICAL/ MENTAL/ SEXUAL ABUSE) and PTSD
- Adjustment problems to new circumstances such as changes at home, transition phases
- Sibling rivalry
- Sleep problems insomnia or increased sleepiness, night mares, night terrors, sleep walking
- Anxiety, fearfulness
- Obsessive compulsive behaviours
- Low self-esteem, poor self confidence
- Being the victim of bullying and teasing or bullying other children
- Relationship problems with friends or family
- Sudden changes in appetite, abnormal patterns in eating (particularly in adolescents)
- Development of or an increase in physical complaints (such as headache, stomachache, or not feeling well) despite a normal physical exam by your doctor
- Signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use (such as solvents or prescription drug abuse)
- Problems in transitions (following separation, divorce, or relocation)
- Separation and bereavement issues, death of close ones
- Sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or other traumatic events
- Unresponsive spells, fainting attacks
Social and peer related problems
- Difficulty in making friends
- Bullying and teasing
- Antisocial groups
- Alcohol, smoking and drug related issues
- Shyness or social anxiety, poor self esteem
School and learning difficulties
- Poor school performance or A significant drop in grades, particularly if your child normally maintains high grades
- learning difficulty with below age and grade performance in spellings, reading, comprehension, writing, maths
- Educational assessments of current academic functioning
- Lack of interest at school
- Exam related stress
- Learning difficulties/ Dyslexia
- Gifted and talented assessments
- School refusal/ school phobia
- ADHD assessment for school
- Parental depression, anxiety or other issues
- Antenatal and post natal depression
- Parenting training and guidance
- Parental separation or divorce or domestic issues affecting child
- Parent-child relationship difficulties
Early Developmental guidance for parents of infants and toddlers
- Feeding advice
- Developmental milestones
- Immunization advice
- Sleep patterns
- Early learning and cognitive development
- Toilet training,
- Tics and other habits like nail biting, hair pulling
- Speech delay and other developmental issues
How we can help?
PARENT AND CHILD GUIDANCE SERVICES
THE FIRST CONTACT : In the initial appointment, we meet with parents and child to discuss your concerns in detail and to plan the best way to address your child’s specific difficulties.
ASSESSMENT: After the first appointment an assessment may be planned to understand your concerns about your child and identify the underlying reasons for what you are observing. Assessments are accompanied by a written report, which includes recommendations for supporting your child emotionally, with their learning, underlying developmental abilities and general wellbeing. These recommendations are specific to supporting them at home, school, with friendships and their perception of themselves.
Assessments may include:
- ASD and AUTISM Workup
- ADHD/ ADD workup
- Psycho- Educational assessments for learning disability/ DYSLEXIA or poor school performance
- Emotional/psychological assessments to investigate specific challenging behaviours and treatment planning like school refusal, anxiety, anger, disobedience, shyness, low self esteem, sibling rivalry, bullying, habits and tics.
- Developmental assessment of infants and preschoolers ( for developmental delays, intellectual ability, planning early intervention services for young children at risk of Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia)
THERAPY: Following clinical assessment, intervention is often recommended and provided by one of our team members either individually as play therapy ( with younger children) or talking therapy (i.e. with the child or adolescent), in combination with parent training or through the provision of family therapy. Other services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, special education.
We offer a range of treatments to support children and teenagers, guide and support parents to help their children manage their emotions and behaviour more appropriately, and support schools in providing for their child’s emotional, behavioural and learning needs.
Have a question ask an expert…………..