How to Help A Child Diagnosed with Emotional Disturbance
Parents feel stigmatised if their children are diagnosed as emotionally disturbed ones. Parents and teachers at school are often at loss at first understanding and then giving support to a child with such disorders. Many children with emotional disturbance are untrusting of others and get very angry at small things.
The teachers are maddened at these kids and the parents feel guilty for their behaviour. Parents and teacher share this kind of exchange when referring to such children, “I don’t know why the school just can’t manage my child!” or “She doesn’t act this way at home!” or the worse “We just don’t have the energy or resources to deal with him.”
How to Identify an Emotionally Disturbed Child?
Each child with emotional disturbance will express differently and exhibit different behaviours. Each child has unique characteristics but shares some common deficits – lack of emotional development, less than optimal behavioural development, and stunted cognitive development. Behavioural expression of an emotional disorder may include directed outward or inward or both.
These children can show any one of the following behaviours, which makes it easier for parents and teachers to identify it early.
- Hyperactivity with very short attention span and impulsiveness
- Overt aggression towards others or self-injurious behaviour
- Little to no social interaction, a sense of excessive fear or anxiety
- Immaturity in coping with problems, throwing tantrums
- Difficulties in learning anything
Risks for Children with Emotional Disturbances
Children with emotional disturbances have a hard time dealing with the world as they see it from a different set of glasses than all others. This freaks them out that why are other people not behaving “normally” and can put them at greater risks. Some of the risks of not handling such children in time and properly are:
- Being suspended or expelled (pushed out of) from the school as a severe punishment;
- Risk of school failure and dropping out;
- Chances of them getting into the wrong company in an impressionable age;
- Being thought of as bad, troublemakers, “black sheep” can damage their self-esteem;
- They have a greater chance of being exploited and abused;
- They may be an emotional burden on themselves and their families for life.
Counselling for Child Behaviour
Dealing with an emotional disturbance at an initial stage is much easier and child counselor can help children and parents overcome it rather easily. If left unchecked, this can fester and cause leave deep emotional on all people involved. That chronic stage would require medical interventions from a Psychiatrist.
Parents and teachers assume the kid is being nasty without reason and with age or punishment they will improve. But that does not happen to own its own, at least not for most children.
It is still far easier to make the children realise what is wrong and what is right because as they age progresses, their emotional scars get deeper and it becomes easier to approach them.
She uses cognitive therapy based on neuroscience helps these children manage their conditions by minimizing anxiety, learning alternative ideas and learning that their feelings and moods can alter their behaviour.
She helps children identify and pinpoint their thoughts and replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. She employs applied behaviour analysis to analyse their behaviour and teaches them different ways to respond to difficult situations in a positive way.
The therapy and counselling sessions are for both the child and her parents, as children with behavioural issues need to have a strong support system where they feel safe to express themselves without consequences. Life Coach works on developing for children their bespoke stress management strategies, relaxation training, coping skills, and counselling strategy by treating her with respect.