Is your child having difficulties with:
- Disruptive/Controlling behavior
- Mood instability
- Getting easily frustrated
- Handling disappointment
- Low self-esteem
- Expressing feelings in words
- Taking turns and sharing
- Making and keeping friends
- Being part of a group
- Interpreting social cues
- Empathizing with others
Many parents are surprised by and concerned about these challenging behaviors. After preschool, many children with emotional, social, and behavorial difficulties may mature and grow out of it, but others may get worse.
It is difficult to know which group your child is in, making it important to seek professional consultation as early as possible. When these issues go untreated, children are prone to develop symptoms that are frequently more severe than the initial problems that generated them. Children who experience increased disappointment, frustration, or rejection by others early in life are vulnerable to a wide range of complications including anxiety and mood disorders.
I tell parents that we must be detectives to find the clues that unlock the mystery of what makes their child function and behave as they do. Each child is an individual and we need to allow him or her to be spontaneous, authentic, and genuine. Until a child understands their own feelings, they cannot understand other's feelings or have a place and sense of belonging in the world.