Many young children experience some anxiety around situations such as separating from their parents, trying new activities, or around specific situations or objects such as night time or animals. For some children, this anxiety quickly resolves, but for others it becomes a constant struggle to get to preschool or complete everyday activities. When a child’s anxiety stops them doing things they want to do or affects their ability to function at home and out in the community, it is important to seek help. A Psychologist can work with the child to understand the cause of their anxiety and develop strategies to manage it, as well as providing parents and teachers with guidance on how they can best help their child overcome their anxious feelings.
When parents feel like they have tried everything to manage their child’s behaviour and nothing seems to be working, a Psychologist can provide guidance to set achievable goals around a child’s behaviour and support positive behaviour change. When a child’s behaviour is challenging in the preschool setting, a Psychologist can work with parents and teachers to understand why the behaviour is occurring and develop strategies to manage the behaviour effectively and help the child succeed.
Through formal assessment, observations of your child, parent interview, and discussion with Paediatricians and other professionals involved in a child’s care, a Psychologist can identify and diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental disabilities such as Intellectual Disability, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance).
Children don’t come with an instruction book, and new and experienced parents alike may have times when they feel they they need another point of view or some different strategies to support their child’s development. Parents may also have differing opinions about how to raise their child, creating tension in relationships and often sending mixed messages to the child about rules and expectations. A Psychologist can assist parents to develop a positive relationship with their child, set clear and consistent boundaries around behaviour and expectations, and provide support to nurture a child’s development.