If you find your child is starting to argue, complain, get angry and become defensive, even over the smallest request or conversation, then pay closer attention. If you see that they are occurring more frequently and seem to continue for longer periods of time, then these defiant behaviours are a call for counselling.
If you find changes in your child’s day to day interests, hobbies, routines and habits have changed significantly, this is a sign of your child needing help. Most common changes are in eating, sleeping and personal interests and social life and if these changes persist for longer than 2 weeks, reach out for help. 3 Always worrying or being sad If you find your child is always worried, sad and isolated, these are clear signs that the child is struggling with managing their emotions. Worrying and being sad is normal, especially during growing years. However, if you see these emotions growing and needing constant intervention from you, reach out for help.
Regression situations are when a child’s behaviour goes back by years to when they were younger. These can include an older child bedwetting, baby talk, tantrums when being separated from parent/s, uncontrollable temper tantrums. Regression can happen in situations like the birth of a new sibling, death in the family or divorce. However, if it happens for no reason, your child might need help.
If you see that your child withdrawing socially, this is a sign for you to understand what the child is going through emotionally. Typically, behaviours will include refusing to go out to play, not talking to friends after they are back home, not wanting to play, refusing to come out for social outings with family. Turning inwards and away from their friends circle is an indication of a struggle and if you see this behaviour persisting beyond a few weeks and is persistent, seek help.
Perhaps the most urgent sign of a child needing help is if the child is either talking of self-harm or harming themselves. This can show up as references to hopelessness, or situations being dismal or the child might directly refer to thoughts of cutting or hurting themselves by banging their head against a surface, hitting themselves, scratching themselves hard enough to cut skin or starting to have ideas of suicide. If you are noticing any self-harm behaviours, take note of them and get help for your child right away.
At Skooc , we always place our patients needs at the top of our priorities. We are fortunate to have a number if highly educated and experienced pediatric psychology clinicians on our team . Reach out to us and get the best help available for your child and your family .
When we came to Skooc we had a 17 year old who was so depressed that he had lost 15 kilos, was not eating, not sleeping and did not talk to us. His condition was so bad that even medicines were not helping. When we started therapy at Skooc, we were so happy that it was on video because he would not even step out of his room. It was a slow process, but our child has improved. Rachit is now recovering under the guidance of Ms. Rowena and we are very much relieved and happy. Thank you to Skooc and your excellent counsellors.
Siya was diagnosed with ADHD when she was only 8. At 14 we saw so many problems coming up that we felt she can never even finish school. But working with Sarah we saw how to manage the disorder and make her do better at her social life, sports and studies. For a child who could not at all focus, she is now able to sit for 30-35 minutes and able to plan and do her work.
Hi Devi, Thank you very much for helping Kiara with her depression. We were all so upset ad scared about what she is going through and what had happened to our usually happy 15 year old. Ankita is a wonderful therapist and she has made a big difference in her life. I will always be grateful for your help.