Children are not adept at realizing that they are important enough to get therapy. When they have trouble they usually withdraw and blame themselves or they act out in school or at home. Seeking treatment to find out exactly what the issue is has to be the main goal at an early age so the child will grow up as a well-rounded adult.
Most children begin therapy because a teacher or school psychologist suggest it to a parent. They are trained to notice signs of when a child might be in trouble. Parents often do not recognize or they choose to ignore deviant behavior in their child. Many problems can be corrected if they are caught early.
Signs Of Problems
If a child cries because they are in school. This is a concern if it continues after a couple of weeks. Either the child is seeking one-on-one attention or they are clearly distressed.
If an older child has no friends. Children need to learn to socialize with others of their own age group. Too many rely on video games, computers or TV to be their friend.
If you see signs that your child might have a compulsive disorder seek help. When things go unbalanced in a child’s life it creates to much anxiety and they won’t be able to cope.
Frequent nightmares or lack of being able to sleep should be a concern.
Lack of a progressive learning in school may be a sign of emotional distress, also.
If you decide to have your child see a therapist, consult with school officials or your child’s pediatrician. Meet with the psychologist first before introducing your child to them.
Take your child’s mental health seriously, at a young age and follow up, if need be, throughout the teen years.