Child Therapy

Counseling for children in Medina and Fairlawn Ohio

As adults we have constant worries that we deal with every day; relationships, work stress, financial struggles to name a few. It may seem that our children should live carefree lives. This is just not the case. Kids have things that they worry about also; in school (getting good grades, homework, getting along with teachers), with peers (being left out of activities, not fitting in, relationships with friends) and at home (family tension, death, moving). Child, Family and Play Therapy can help your children beat their worries.

 

 

What Does Stress Look Like in Children?

 

  • Frequent self-doubt, self-critical statements
  • Physical problems such as headaches, stomach aches and fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness, difficulty concentrating or relaxing
  • Refusal/reluctance to attend school or other activities
  • Sleep problems such as waking up feeling unrested, trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

 

 

Common Childhood Issues Requiring Help

 

  • ADHD
  • Impulse Control
  • Autism
  • Anger Issues
  • Behavior Issues
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Childhood Depression
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Self Mutilation
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image Concerns

 

 

Family Issues Requiring Help

 

  • Separation and Divorce
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Unexpected Job Loss
  • Adoption-Related Issues
  • Relocation
  • Bullying
  • School Issues
  • Sibling Rivalry

 

 

Tips For Parents:

 

1. Fear and anxiety is sometimes a learned behavior. Be careful not to pass your fears along to your children.

2.  Work jointly as parents, even if you’re divorced. Agree about how you will help your child. Talk with your children about their worries.

3.  Don’t confuse anxiety/worry with inappropriate behavior. Punishing worry will not stop it.

4.  Let your child know all their feelings are ok, and that they can always talk to you about them.

5.  Build self-confidence in your child by identifying their strengths, giving them important things to do at home, praising them and helping them become independent.

6.  Keep your expectations of your child fair and realistic.

7.  Learn about anxiety/worry in children.

8.  Seek professional help for your child when worry is affecting their daily functioning.

 

 

Signs and Symptoms of Common Childhood Disorders

 

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Major Depression

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

 

The child often:

  • Have difficulty waiting their turn
  • Interrupts others
  • Talks excessively
  • Is on the go or acts as if they are run by a motor
  • Fails to pay close attention to details/makes careless mistakes
  • Listens poorly when spoken to directly
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention for long periods of time
  • Easily becomes distracted
  • Can focus attention on things like TV or video games
  • Loses things necessary for important tasks
  • Has poor follow through on instructions
  • Has difficulty playing quietly or engaging in leisure activities
  • Often has difficulty making and keeping friends due to bossiness, or child’s intolerance for others

 

 

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

 

The child often:

  • Loses their temper
  • Argues with adults
  • Actively defies or refuses to comply with adults
  • Deliberately annoys others
  • Blames others for their behaviors and mistakes
  • Is angry or resentful
  • Is spiteful and vindictive

 

 

Major Depression

 

The child often:

  • Has sleep or appetite changes
  • Has thoughts of death or dying
  • Expresses wishes to harm self or others either written, verbally or through drawings
  • Has feelings of being “blue” or sad
    *Note: in children and adolescents, irritability is more common than expressed feelings of sadness
  • Has low self-esteem: calls self “stupid”, “bad”, “ugly”, etc.
  • Cries a lot
  • Has slowed physical responses or increased motor agitation
  • Gains or loses significant amount of weight
  • Refuses or has reluctance to attend school
  • Doesn’t care or lacks motivation to complete school work
  • Has sudden drop in grades
  • Withdraws from family and friends
  • Loses pleasure in previously enjoyed activities
  • Has unexplained physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomach aches
  • Is easily fatigued
  • Appears lazy
  • May engage in risk taking behaviors with little thought to consequences
  • Has extreme sensitivity to failure or rejection

 

It is important not to diagnose any mental health disorder without the help of a trained mental health professional. Please use this only as a guideline.

 

Avenues of Counseling and Mediation, LLC has many compassionate and experienced Clinicians who work in our Medina and Fairlawn locations who are trained in child and play therapy techniques.  Most work with young as five years of age.

 

 

Child Therapy Clinicians