Behavioral Problems in Children
Are You Concerned About Your Child’s Behavior?
Is your child struggling with behavior issues? Maybe he or she is having frequent tantrums or acting aggressively. Or, perhaps he or she struggles with communication, either with understanding or expression. Have you noticed he or she is having trouble following or changing routines? Is your child’s teacher concerned about behavioral or academic issues?
Have you felt overwhelmed by attempting to change your child’s behavior? You may wish things were different and feel frustrated with the lack of progress. Do you just wish you knew how to manage your child’s behavior? Maybe you feel isolated from other parents because it seems like you are struggling more than other families. Do you worry that there is more you could be doing to make your child’s life easier?
Do you wish you had the tools to help your child thrive in all settings—at school, at home and in social relationships?
Many Children Struggle With Behavior Issues
Behavioral problems in children are very common. You may feel like you’re the only one, but most children go through phases that challenge their parents. There are many different types of behavioral problems in children, some easier to resolve than others, but research shows that treatment with parental involvement is highly effective. Your child may have challenges with eating, potty training, routines, controlling their emotions, social interactions, tantrums or crying, and many other behaviors. All of these skills are challenging to master, and some children may need help and support.
Families that struggle with behavioral problems in children often feel isolated and search for information, resources and support. No matter what you and your child are facing, you are not alone. Although you may feel like no one could understand what you are going through, working with an experienced therapist can help you and your child learn and practice the skills needed to cope with behavioral problems and thrive.
Therapy For Behavioral Problems In Children Can Help Your Child Move Forward
Our therapists offer treatment strategies aimed at children that help explore and change the challenging behaviors that are holding your child back. We teach skills that can help your child manage his or her behavior. As these skills are practiced in daily life, your child can see the positive changes and begin to feel more confident. Your therapist can help your child become more aware of his or her behavioral problems and their impacts in order to gain greater self-awareness and control.
Research has shown that it is essential for parents to be involved in treatment, so our therapists offer help for the whole family. Your therapist can teach your child skills and work with you on strategies for managing behavior. The skills that you learn in therapy sessions can be applied in daily life, which is where the real changes take place. We can offer you tools to manage behavior and measure progress at home and at school. Your therapist can offer parenting strategies tailor-made to your child’s specific needs, including help setting limits and boundaries. When everyone in your family understands the strategies your therapist suggests, you can help one another bring about positive change.
At Chupik Counseling, we focus on you and your child and your specific needs. Treatment is individualized and solution-focused, searching for the positive in each family. We help you capitalize on your strengths and build on the resources your child already has. Our experienced and compassionate therapists will get to know your child and family and work to find the best approach for you. In a safe, non-judgmental space, your family can speak freely and move toward your goals together.
But, you may still have concerns and questions about therapy for behavioral problems in children…
I sometimes worry my child’s problems are my fault.
There is no such thing as a perfect parent! Parents often fear they have caused their child’s behavior problems. You may even worry that your therapist will blame you. In therapy, we will explore the behavior that is causing challenges. As a parent, we know that you want the best for your child. Sometimes, you may need new skills to deal with particular behaviors, and your therapist will work with you to approach your child in a more constructive way. Therapy is not about placing blame, it’s about making progress. With parental involvement, no matter the source of the issue, there is progress to be made.
Some parents have said that medication is the only way to treat behavioral problems in children.
While medication can be helpful in treating some behavior problems, research shows that a combination of therapy and medical treatment is the most effective approach in treating behavioral problems in children. In therapy, we can first assess what the underlying issues are and determine the best course of treatment. If medication is appropriate, it can still be helpful to work with a therapist on strategies for behavioral management. Since behavioral problems often affect many aspects of your child’s life, therapy can augment medication and help build long-lasting changes.
What if my child is just going through a phase? Isn’t therapy only for serious issues?
You may feel that seeking support means that your child has a serious problem, but in fact people come to therapy for small adjustments all the time. If you are concerned about your child’s behavioral or emotional health, it can help to consult with a therapist to investigate what is going on. Therapy can offer benefits to your child’s well-being, rather than simply correcting a problem. That said, if there is a more serious issue, it doesn’t mean the situation is hopeless. Therapy can be extremely effective at changing problematic behaviors and working through underlying issues.
Therapy Can Create Lasting Positive Change For Your Child And Family
You don’t have to navigate your child’s behavioral challenges alone. If you still have questions about therapy for behavioral problems in children at Chupik Counseling, we invite you to contact our office and schedule an initial session.