Seeking early help for your child is really important for their emotional well being and can prevent later mental health difficulties which we now know affect 1 in 10 children. One of the biggest challenges  as a parent/carer is deciding when should you seek help for your child?

 

I believe that you know your child best  so it is important to listen to what your gut feeling is telling you. Kids develop in their time and at their own pace, which means that the range of  behaviours that are healthy and typical (for your child's age/developmental history) is broad.  The behaviour of children often gives us important clues about what is troubling them inside and what they need. 

 

Generally speaking, your child might need some extra support if their behaviour or expressed feelings are affecting how they are at school or home and causing him/her difficulties and/or distress.  Sometimes a child's behaviour has a really big impact on everyone else in the family and making life feel quite stressful.  Good questions to ask yourself are: 

  • what specific behaviours worry you? (when/where/how often do these happen?)

  • how much do they interfere with his/her life?

  • how long has your child been struggling (days/weeks/longer)?

  • has your child lost pleasure in things he/she used to enjoy?

  • is your child still able to do the things he/she wants to do?

  • how does your child get along with teachers, family members, friends?

  • does your child's behaviour cause other family members distress?

  • does your child take an unusually long time to calm down after something has upset him (soothe difficult feelings themselves)

  • does your child have explosive/aggressive outbursts

  • is your child's eating or sleeping affected? does your child think negatively about themselves, others, life?

 

If you are concerned, don't worry alone. Give Resilientkidz a call and we can talk it through together

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