Children have struggles in their lives. They are developing fast and going through many rapid changes. They may be coping with changes in their families, schools, or neighborhoods as well. Many times they are not able to communicate well about the things that bother them to the people who love them. They become anxious, angry, or misbehave, and their parents become concerned and confused, uncertain of how to help them, or whether the child needs professional help.
Sometimes children get through the changes fine without professional intervention, especially with the help of stable, supportive caregivers who know what they need to do to help. Sometimes, however, children develop dysfunctional coping behavior and develop issues and insecurities thatleave effects that will last throughout their life if left unaddressed.
Address Issues Early
The most effective time to address these issues is as early as possible. It is more effective to address the issues in childhood, than waiting until adulthood and then addressing habitual and ingrained dysfunctional behaviors that effect emotional regulation and effective personal relationships which are essential for happy adult life.
Therapy for children is designed to understand and support them at their developmental level, and teach them helpful social and emotional skills so they can grow and develop in the healthiest manner and reach their full potential.
Children are different from adults and they need a special kind of therapy designed to meet their developmental needs. Depending on the age of the child, I may use talk therapy, play therapy, art therapy, family therapy, or a mixture of interventions. I have aplay therapy room for young children - I do not expect children to do therapy like an adult.
Children communicate differently and therapy for them needs to fit their distinct needs. Play is a part of every normal childhood and is the natural form of communication for youngsters. The parts of the brain involved in creative activities like drawing, storytelling and play are directly linked to their emotions. Play can often be effectively used to enable behavioral change even after parents, teachers, or other counselors have not had success using logic and telling children what they need to do to change. Why is this important? Even talkative and intelligent children are not always developmentally able to express and work through their feelings verbally like adults.
Play therapy allows children to use their natural creativity and ability to heal in ways best suited to their developmental level. Through the use of dolls, sand play, puppets, trucks, artwork, games and other toys, children share their experiences and give the therapist a view of the world through their eyes.
When a child is in emotional pain, you want the best possible care. Select a therapist with the training to give it.