|Do your child’s moods run hot and cold—and change quickly? Has your child been diagnosed with a learning disorder or with AD/HD or Autism? Do you find yourself feeling angry, confused or afraid? Do you doubt your own skills and abilities as a parent? Perhaps you are frustrated in your efforts to help your child.
In spite of our best efforts as parents, many children do not think well of themselves. Young children do not blame the outside world for their problems. Instead, they imagine that they are bad, that they have done something wrong, that they are not pretty enough, or smart enough, or “cool” enough. If children do not separate themselves from these outside evaluations, they will carry them into adulthood.
Children often find ways to protect themselves that do not fit our adult ideal of appropriate child behavior. They may:
Children, especially younger ones, are unable to think through their problems and discuss them intellectually. Play therapy seeks to maximize a children’s abilities to engage in behavior that is fun, oriented to their needs, and flows naturally. Through age-appropriate forms of play therapy, children can:
If your child is experiencing difficulty, or just doesn’t seem like himself or herself, gives us a call –we may be able to help.