Considering child therapy

Latino families may try to solve all their problems within the confines of the traditional Hispanic…
Considering child therapy
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Latino families may try to solve all their problems within the confines of the traditional Hispanic family, but there may be a time when child therapy could be an effective way to help your child develop emotionally and socially. Used as a means of communication, therapy with children varies greatly when compared to therapy with adults.

When a child is in therapy, the focus is more forward-orientated as children have not yet created a vast history or background of past events. Therefore trying to find the root of the problem in a child’s past is often irrelevant. Instead, a child therapist will help children learn better communication, how to deal with emotions, develop healthy relationships, and gain a sense of self.

Since a hectic environment can cause the most sane adult to feel slightly crazy at times, it can have an even more profound impact on children. Creating a calm environment for children is an essential element to gaining trust. Children set in a therapeutic space where expectations and criticism do not exist are more likely to open up about the things that are troubling them.

Much of child therapy is based on non-verbal communication. Since young children lack the skills to verbalize their needs or put their feelings into words, a child therapist will need to know how to decipher both adult and child talk.

Very young children who suffer developmental delays may benefit from child therapy. If your child is at an age where he or she should be potty trained, walking and talking but is not, you may want to consider therapy for possible developmental disorders.

For slightly older children, therapy may prove beneficial if they’ve suffered a major life crisis or event. A sudden death of a close family member or friend, a major illness, abuse, long distance relocation, or even the death of a pet can cause trauma and problems with general functioning.

Children do not necessarily have to experience sudden trauma to begin displaying signs of trouble. Sleep patterns, social functioning, behavior, mood, and appetite can all be affected from other unknown elements. If your child has become withdrawn, sad, angry, or overly stressed, these may be signs that he or she is having difficulty coping with life events.

If your child does not seem to be their usual selves, watch for behavioral and emotional changes that may include:

Child therapy can prove very beneficial for children who are unable to express themselves. Therapy can help children improve their communication and emotional skills and build the self esteem necessary to cope with life’s daily events.