Children are faced with many difficulties even at a young age.  Sometimes children adjust relatively well to changes and to the negative experiences in their lives, other times, they may have more of a struggle.

 

How do I know when there is something bothering my child?

 

As a parent, you may simply have the intuition that 'something isn't quite right' with your child. However, often a change in your child's behaviour is an indication that something is bothering them.

For example:

 

Decline in their academic work

Aggressive behaviour

Moodiness/Tearfulness/Temper tantrums

Restless sleep patterns/Nightmares

Change in eating behaviour

Withdrawal from others/Becomes quiet

Regression in development e.g. bedwetting

 

An emotional assessment can assist in helping to understand your child's difficulties. While children may find it challenging to express their emotions with words, projective assessment techniques (e.g. drawing/clay work) help to create a less threatening environment in which the child can talk about his/her difficulties.

Intellectual Assessments

Children spend a large part of their lives in the school environment. Often when a child is struggling with one aspect of school work, it interferes with their perceptions and attitudes towards school as a whole. Children are under tremendous pressure to perform well in a variety of areas within the school environment, both academically and on the sports field. Their self esteem is often affected when they experience difficulty coping with these demands.

Often children struggle to concentrate on activities that require sustained mental effort. The adjustment from Pre-primary to Primary School or Primary School to High School can be a daunting experience! For children with some kind of learning difficulty, remedial/special education services may be required for them to cope better and to have a more positive experience at school. For other children, their difficulties at school may be related to emotional problems stemming from personal difficulties within the home/family.

An intellectual assessment can assist in identifying the child’s academic strengths and weaknesses thus allowing the most appropriate interventions to follow.

Career Assessments

When it comes time for subject choices and career decisions, teens often find themselves confused and frustrated. For some, such feelings can occur even in adulthood. A career assessment can assist them in better understanding themselves and the career that is best suited to their personality, interests and values.

Emotional Assessments

"Let's put our BIG feet in their LITTLE shoes."