Helping Kids Develop Their Voice
Understanding the Need For a Therapist
Unlike adults, who have had years of experience learning how to voice their frustrations and dealing with conflict, kids often don’t know how to express what they are thinking and feeling. Whether they are dealing with a school bully, low self-esteem, or more serious issues like ADD/ADHD or eating disorders, if they are reacting in ways you are unsure how to manage, the children’s therapy specialists at Life Skills Awareness have the expertise you need to help.
The idea behind children's therapy sessions is to provide kids, from young ages to adolescence and teenage years, a safe space to explore how they feel and express the internal struggles they may be facing. The purpose is to allow patients to receive the emotional support they need to be upfront about what’s going on and to work with a Life Skills Awareness children's therapy specialist. While the end result of these sessions may differ depending on the patient — whether it be changing a certain behavior, improving communication, or improving relations with family and friends — our mental health services are here to support you!
Reasons Your Child Could Benefit From Working With a Therapist
- They are frequently sad or depressed
- They are withdrawn or isolated
- There are sudden and excessive bursts of anger or mood swings
- There is a decreased interest in activities
- There is alcohol or drug abuse
- They have been sexually, physically, or emotionally abused
- There have been family conflicts, such as divorce or separation
- They experienced a death of a family member or pet
A Nurturing Approach To Children's Therapy
One of the wonders of parenting is being able to learn who your child is, their personality, interests, sense of humor, and dislikes. On the other hand, one of the biggest challenges is learning how your child reacts in certain situations, when things don’t go the way they expected, or how to talk to them when they have become withdrawn. Working with a children’s therapist can provide an outlet for young kids who need a trusted ally who they can talk to and work through various challenges with.
The Life Skills Awareness approach involves creating a nurturing and comfortable environment where children of all ages can open up and talk about what they are struggling with. Life Skills Awareness uses a variety of techniques, including play therapy to help therapists gain insight into a child’s mind, especially when they are having difficulty opening up. Play therapy uses tools like the arts, music, crafts, dancing, and toys to create an outlet for expression. This form of communication between our children's therapy and our young patient has several benefits, including:
Encouraging use of fine motor skills
Promoting stronger social skills and family relationships
Learning to fully experience and express emotions
If you believe your child could benefit from working with a children’s therapist, get in touch with Life Skills Awareness today!
Support Your Adolescent Child As They Grow
For young teens, the transition into adulthood comes with a variety of struggles, such as body issues, identity confusion, defiance, school issues, or anxiety. We aim to help them develop coping strategies and understand the difference between what their perception of a certain situation can be and reality. These methods will teach them how to adapt their thinking in order to prevent feeling bad about themselves. Children's therapy is not limited to kids of a certain age — our mental health services are designed to help adolescents and teens work through their struggles and gain a better understanding of themselves. If you start to notice any sudden difference in your young adult as he or she moves through middle school and high school, contact us to schedule an appointment!
How Can Parents Help Their Child?
Giving your loved one the chance to speak to a children's therapy specialist is an excellent starting point for starting a discussion. If you as a parent are worried about your child’s well-being or mental/emotional/social development, our Life Skills Awareness can help. However, there are several other actions you can take to provide your child with a sense of comfort and safety, encouraging him or her to speak openly with a children's therapy specialist. A few of these simple steps include:
Ensuring your child is comfortable with the therapist. In order to achieve the best results possible, it’s important to ensure both you and your child are comfortable speaking to a member of our Life Skills Awareness team. Make sure your children's therapy sessions are with a professional whom your family trusts and can comfortably speak to.
Ensure your child attends all his/her appointments. Ensure your child attends every child's therapy session in order to maintain a steady treatment plan and to achieve overall mental and emotional wellness.
Check in on your child. No matter the age of your child, make sure you as a parent are “checking in” by asking how they are and how they’re feeling. Ask him or her if they need help with anything or need to talk; leave the door open for communication and have patience, letting your child know you love and support them.
Be involved in your child’s treatment plan. In order to ensure progress continues outside of children's therapy sessions, speak to your Life Skills Awareness therapist about how you can help support your child.