Child Development Category

Impact of Substance Abuse and Sexual Abuse on Children

There is so much discussion in the news lately about legalization of cannabis/marijuana in various states across the United States, whether to legalize it in some states, whether the federal government should legalize it all together, etc. In addition, there has been an increase in reports of sexual abuse offenses, sex trafficking, etc. There has also been much discussion/debate on the high percentage of incarnated individuals who have a history of sexual abuse, are dependent on illegal substances (ex. cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, etc.), inebriated from too much consumption of alcohol, or are dependent upon alcohol which precipitates other nefarious activities. Although these are legitimate issues that have been raised, little discussion has been given to the impact substance abuse/dependence has on families, children, and adult children of alcoholics (ACOA) and the similarities between children who grow up in alcoholic families and children who were sexually abused in their families.

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Teaching Emotional Intelligence

Parents teach their children emotional intelligence by being attuned to a child’s needs and feelings. Feeling seen and understood, children develop a sense of themselves as worthy, valuable individuals. They learn to accept and handle their feelings as well as to be sensitive to others’ emotions.

How do we as parents help children develop these emotional skills? First we shift our perception, slow down from our adult busy-ness, set aside our parental desires about how our children might be, and step out of an orientation to our own needs and judgments in a situation, so that we can see our children for themselves and focus on understanding what they need and how they feel beneath their behavior.

The mere act of accurately and compassionately labeling an emotion is tremendously powerful- it grounds the child, helps him feel emotionally held and contained, conveys the acceptability, understandability and therefore manageability of feelings, and preserves his integrated sens...

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Art therapy with Autistic kids

Recent studies on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have revealed that seventy percent of children with ASD between the ages of 10 and 14 have also been diagnosed with another disorder, anxiety related disorders are named as the most common one!

Behavioral therapists working with kids with ASD admit that anxiety is an inevitable factor of lives of kids and teenagers with ASD. However, studies have shown that combining behavioral and art therapy techniques with kids with developmental disabilities and autistic traits, will improve communication skills and will increase interpersonal interaction in them; which results in reducing social anxiety.Therapy serves as an outlet to express emotions and thoughts, and also helps kids with ASD to make sense out of daily events...

To read more, please visit http://blog.montrealarttherapy.com/art-therapy-with-autistic-kids/

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Troubled adolescents: Working therapeutically using a schema focused approach

Written by Dr Dorothy Ojarikri, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Director of UK Private Psychology.


Working therapeutically with troubled adolescents is always both challenging and rewarding and never more so than with those adolescents who lack a supportive relationship with a parent or other adult. Maxine*, 18, is one such young person referred by both her Aunt and herself for therapy last autumn and I am sharing my experience of the process so far of schema therapy with her.

Dear Maxine


During our initial 3 psychological assessment sessions you described what a struggle life has been for you. Your Mum and Dad divorced ten years ago following an acrimonious separation involving marital infidelity by them both. Both your Aunt and you report that your Dad has social communication difficulties. He has never met your emotional needs and favours your younger maternal half-sister Kate* leaving you feeling worthless. Since your parents’ divorce your Mum has worked as a prostitut...

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Children in care: 5 ways psychologists and therapists can help them achieve their potential

Written by Dr Dorothy Ojarikri, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Director of UK Private Psychology.

The number of children ‘looked after’ by the state in foster, residential parental or kinship care rose to over 91,000 across the United Kingdom (UK) partly due to public concern about recent child deaths and serious child maltreatment. It is ironic that UK children in care are described as ‘looked after’ as for decades they have been identified as experiencing higher rates of education, mental health, offending and other problems than other young people. As psychologists and therapists working in clinical practice it is tempting to believe we can resolve these problems with therapy. But psychologists and other therapists do have a vital role to play in supporting young people in care to build psychological resilience and reach their potential by working with children in care more broadly and systemically and I make the following recommendations:


1. Provide r...

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AUTISM & ADHD

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It is very much possible to live a better life for those who suffer from Autism. Don't give up ... Autism can be helped, you just need to find it.  It is for you and your child benefit to try Quantum Biofeedback.

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Sand Tray Therapy in Orlando at Groundwork Counseling - Therapy for Children

Sand tray therapy is a safe and non-threatening way to build self esteem, manage feelings, and improve communication for children, teens and adults. Since it is fun and playful, participants learn and internalize coping strategies while they play.

At GroundWork Counseling, sand tray therapy provides a method of communication and discovery that is beneficial to those children that do not respond to more traditional forms of therapy, or for young children who process best by play-based approaches. By creating a story in the sand, the child is able to release emotions, feelings, and conflicts that are affecting them without having to verbalize. The sand tray provides a safe and fun environment to bring about self-awareness.

During sand tray therapy, the therapist becomes a silent observer watching the creation and listening to the creator’s story and acts as a facilitator to guide the process. Most people, especially children, enjoy sand play, as they can create and tell their own...

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Play Therapy at Groundwork - Orlando Counseling for Children

Play therapy is a process that allows a child to use play to work through thoughts and feelings and learn to cope with them without having to verbalize. Children often lack the ability to formulate words for their thoughts and feelings.

Therapeutic play provides developmentally appropriate means of expression and communication for children and offers the opportunity to express themselves at their own pace with the assurance that they will be understood and accepted.

Children are referred to therapists for play therapy to resolve problems, or because they misbehave, or act out at home and school. Play therapy allows trained mental health practitioners who specialize in play therapy, to assess and understand children’s play and to help children cope with difficult emotions and find solutions to problems. Play therapy allows children to change the way they feel about problems and resolve their concerns.

The field of play therapy is growing and is represented by the Association fo...

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How To Nurture a Child's Brain

Many factors shape early brain development. Food and nutrition, genetics, daily experiences, parenting, physical activity and love all are important components.

Studies show that test scores increase 20 percent when your child’s brain is nurtured. It is a growing organ that changes every minute. A brain is capable of remarkable changes up to the age of 25, when it is said that a person is capable of making concrete decisions.

By maximizing the brain’s functioning, intelligence is highly predisposed in everyday activities.

So how do you help this along?

Some ways you can help nurture your child’s brain include:

A healthy diet. Three meals a day, complete with proteins and complex carbohydrates for mental energy, are essential. Don’t forget the foods with antioxidants to help improve memory! Try to avoid processed foods and foods with high sugar content.

Start the day off with a good breakfast. Eggs and nuts are great for memory and brain development.Sneak i...

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Night Fears in Children

It’s normal and common for young children to be afraid of the dark. One study showed over 73% of kids aged 4-12 years said they experienced fear at night (Muris et al 2001). While another study showed that even up to the age of 16 teens, admitted to nighttime anxieties or fears. Research shows that if parents treat their children’s fears at an early age, they can help their children avoid emotional problems later in life.

Kids need your help in overcoming nighttime fears.

1) Help them by teaching them how to handle their emotions. Young children don’t know how to calm themselves down. Sit with your child and help them breath slowly to calm themselves. Hold them and comfort them when they are scared.

2) Sit with your child and help them look at their room in the dark. Point out “that bump is the lamp on your desk or a pile of toys”

3) Leaving a dim nightlight can be helpful. For other children leaving their door open at bedtime can also create a sense o...

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