Almost all children show difficulties in managing their feelings and behaviour at times, particularly during certain specific developmental stages. The feelings a child experiences are influenced by numerous factors such as temperament, culture, relationships, health, tiredness, family circumstances, experiences of early childhood care and education. Responses to these disturbing situations can be tantrums, aggression, unfounded fears and overly disruptive and anxious behaviours.
Due to the complexity of the specific developmental stages of a child, there may be no need for further assessment during his or her evolution. For most children, emotional and behavioural problems are temporary. Ordinarily, parents’ and teachers’ guidance will provide sufficient support to address these difficulties successfully.
Some children are labelled as troublemakers or criticised for being lazy and undisciplined. However, they may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, formerly known as attention deficit disorder or ADD. This problem appears before the age of seven. ADHD makes it difficult for people to inhibit their spontaneous responses — responses that can involve everything from movement to speech to attention span.
To conclude, behavioural issues at a young age can cause personal and interpersonal problems and if the behaviour persists into teenage years or beyond, it will not be socially acceptable. The way people act and react and grow in an environment where behaviours have not been well guided, often leads to aggressive behaviours as the only means of self-expression.
Defiance of authority
Inability to concentrate
For the best outcome in treating behavioural issues, it is essential for the child to feel supported by the parents, the teachers and any medical health support, all working together as a team. A comprehensive evaluation should be performed by an experienced mental health professional in behavioural disorder, usually in psychiatry or in psychology.
Using specific tests and questionnaires, it will take several weeks for the specialist to establish a clear diagnosis. Hence, with a precise assessment, the whole team will be able to decide the procedure to be followed. In most cases, treatment with psychotherapy will help to control and manage the behaviour. As a last resort, medication can be prescribed.
Unlike traditional talk therapy, child counselling at Plaisance Counselling is a fun, safe experience that children always enjoy. They have the opportunity to make their own decisions for how to spend time in our sessions. I offer engaging therapeutic activities that allow your child to communicate in their own language and when your child feels understood and comfortable, the behaviour can quickly improve.
Additionally, I offer support to you, the parent, as you learn how to heal and strengthen your relationship with your child.
If your child has difficulties with behavioural issues or anxiety or if you have question about counselling for children behavioural problems, please call Plaisance Counselling.