This is one of the most frequently asked questions by parents. Taking care of the mental and emotional health of our little ones is of gigantic importance. Always having information that can guide us on when it is necessary for us to use child therapy is essential. Here we leave you a list of the moments in which it would be appropriate to go to a specialist to take care of the mental health of your child.
When is it necessary to take a child to a child psychologist?
Let’s start by saying that, contrary to what is believed, this type of intervention is not only related to critical moments, that is, with those where we stop finding solutions or answers to the behavior of our children. Psychotherapy has an incredible feature and that is that it is ideal for any child at any time in life. Of course, it can also be of support to us in more specific events.
But before talking about these events, we must mention that therapy allows us to know and make aware of many things that seem to occur as something natural. It can help us look at or anticipate certain situations that could occur or be harmful to children in the future. It also contributes to the family system as it allows to demonstrate the interaction that occurs within this nucleus. The learning that the children have had, the subject of communication. There are a lot of opportunities for both children and parents, it is a constant learning. So first of all, if you want to know more about your children and your family system, that would be our first reason to go to a child psychologist.
More specifically, looking at events that we consider to be of greater urgency, we have the following:
1. You notice changes in their behavior suddenly
Like all people, children often show their disgust or emotions through behavior change, especially if they find it difficult to express it. Either because it is a new event, because they think they made a mistake or that they will be punished for it, as well as the lack of skills to be able to verbalize their feelings. So if your little one has changed his behavior drastically or suddenly, it may be an important indicator that something very relevant has happened to him.
2. Night terrors
Night terrors are, on many occasions, part of childhood, however, it is always appropriate to be able to identify the reason for them.
For example, if they are due to fears caused by events in your daily life, situations of stress or anxiety that you are facing, problems or changes in your routine, etc., since these can be an indicator or also cause consequences, in addition to causing a loss of energy and performance in activities.
3. Responding violently to situations
Children’s responses usually, on the one hand, express their emotions, among which we find anger or disagreement.
On the other hand, they turn out to be a reflection of what has worked for them before, that is, if in the face of tantrums, screams, blows on their part they have obtained what they wanted, in turn, this can be a reflection of learning.
This type of behavior, in addition to not being desired by parents, will not be functional in the different spaces where it develops. Bringing with it many problems, so it is necessary to modify them for others that allow them to express themselves, abiding by the rules of coexistence.
4. Is very quiet or has trouble relating/expressing himself
Being quiet is not really a bad sign or a need to see a specialist as such. The idea is to know the reasons, how comfortable he feels, that is, if simply being silent is due to a choice by desire or due to the child’s fears; Or it may be possible that he has not developed enough skills to express what he wants or approach one another.
Developing social skills from a young age opens many doors in the future, including self-care and good self-esteem.
5. Learning or language difficulties
Language or learning difficulties can be due to various aspects, on many occasions to cognitive difficulties, either due to a neurological or social issue, that is, due to inappropriate stimulation for your case, etc. Also because they are distracted or more interested in other aspects of their lives, even because their learning style is not in accordance with the form of teaching that is being provided.
These aspects can have an impact on the future and affect other areas of your life, such as social life and self-esteem.
6. You have tried everything and you cannot get him to follow instructions
Being a parent does not come with instructions, and things do not go as expected. It is a long learning process, but it is true that there are paths that can make the task a little easier for you. A psychologist can help you identify the reasons why it has not worked and there are even some who will help you create programs that allow you to achieve these goals or establish agreements regarding family rules that improve the relationship between you and your child.
We hope that these indicators will be of help so that you can make the decision if it is the right time to make use of the help of child psychotherapy. Observing the changes and behaviors of our children will be a great ally in this decision, but above all understanding and searching for the reasons for certain behaviors.
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