Does Your Child Need Behavioral Therapy?

Has your child recently gone through a traumatic event, such as a big change or a significant loss? Or maybe your child's teacher has contacted you because of your child's inappropriate behavior at school. No matter the scenario, maybe you have already taken steps to help your child. If that's not the case, you might be searching for help. Here are some ideas that might help you.

What You Can Do To Help Your Child - See if you can get your child to open his or her heart and to tell you what's on his or her mind. For instance, if your child is tremendously sad because one of his or her classmates or somebody else close to your child, moved to another city, he or she might simply need the reassurance that he or she can still talk to the person who moved on the phone, with them even seeing each other face-to-face. 

That kind of problem is more than likely much easier to solve than your child dealing with the death of somebody he or she cared for. Besides talking with your child and reminding him or her how much he or she touched the deceased person's life, it might be helpful for your child to write down times when the two of them spent time with each other. If your child is too young to write, pictures will work, too. The things that your child writes or the pictures that he or she creates will more than likely be a clue of what he or she is feeling. 

What Child Behavioral Services Can Do - If you know that you do don't have the skills to really help your child, consider getting help from professional counselors. Your family doctor, your child's pediatrician, the school counselor or your ecclesiastic leader will more than likely have names of counselors who specialize in helping children. Think of meeting with the behavioral therapist first, even if it's a phone meeting, so that you can freely discuss your child's problems.

Besides meeting with both you and your child, the counselor might want to meet with your child without you being in the room. It is likely that he or she will play games with your child that will not only help break the ice but also get important clues that will help in the treatment. Don't be discouraged if your child doesn't open up at first. The therapist will know how to proceed as a relationship is formed.

At first, your child might be asked to come to the behavioral services facility at least once a week. As things progress, that will probably be changed to monthly visits. If it is determined that medication will help, the therapist will involve a psychiatrist in the treatment plan. 

To learn more about children's behavioral therapy, contact a clinic near you.