During the school years, the curiosity from their infancy is still alive and well. Now kids have the communication and cognitive abilities to ask questions, explore concepts, make connections, and are developing social skills. Kids at this age are growing into their personalities and finding their interests. Kids think very concretally at this age and are growing in their abilities to understand abstract concepts such as time & long term consequences of actions. At this age, enjoy your kids gaining the concrete knowledge they need to navigate the world and look to as a role model.
It can be challenging for children to deal with the added responsibility each year brings as they progress in school and in development. They are expected to expand their skills and abilities in many different areas. If they begin to fall behind in any one area, this could affect other areas of their lives, including their emotional and cognitive well being. Some children may have a difficult time expressing their thoughts and emotions at home, as well as, in the school setting. This lack of communication can often push kids to ‘act out’ behaviorally in ways that seems defiant.However, these challenging behaviors could be indicative of other underlying issues.
Some of the factors that could be contributing to behavioral changes for this group:
- Conflicts with peers and teachers
- Social anxiety
- Low self-esteem
- Social exclusion
- Trouble focusing
- Lack of organizational skills
- Academic pressure
- Issues with body image
- Changes in family structure
- Difficulties with changes in school or friendship group
Signs They May Need Therapy:
School-age children begin to experience pressures from peers, academics, extracurriculars, parents, and other sources. This added pressure to excel in many different areas could lead to excessive worry or fear, changes in sleep habits, changes in eating habits, or difficulties concentrating. If they are falling behind in school, have trouble keeping up with assignments, staying organized, having difficulty making or maintaining friendships, or have difficulty picking up on social cues, these may be some reasons for professional evaluation.
They may begin to display challenging behaviors that indicate a need for therapy:
- talking back to the teacher
- bullying other children
- being physically aggressive,
- not following direction from authority.
What Can Counseling Do?Our therapists will work with you and your child to develop skills aimed at addressing their specific needs and challenges. A therapist could work with your child and provide the tools needed to manage emotions if he/she is showing aggressive behaviors in the school and home setting. Through therapy, your child can learn how to reduce anxiety and gain coping skills that can be used on a daily basis. They can provide you with helpful parenting skills derived from the evidence based Triple P program. All of our therapists are trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and many other therapy models that can be used to address a variety of challenges such as anxiety, aggression, bullying, or attention difficulties. Our therapists will develop a personalized treatment plan that is comprehensive and measurable.
What Happens When You Start Working With Carolina Peds?Our community of staff and therapists become invested with you.
Our behavioral health therapists work collaboratively with you to provide the best care possible for your child(ren). Our therapist focus are person-centered and focus on building a trusting and positive relationship with your child and your family. Our therapists are solution-focused and will assist your family in deciding and working towards goals based on your child and family’s needs. Our therapists collaborate with each other and work as a team to ensure the best care possible. Our therapists believe in using evidenced based practices, techniques that are proven to work for families through scientific research.
We provide your child and family with caring and effective mental health treatment.
Schedule today: (828) 398-0043
Serving: Asheville, Brevard, Hendersonville, and Waynesville.
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