Distinctives treating middle childhood
As children enter the years of middle childhood, academic demands, expectations for social skills, and comparisons of self to others increase. A child’s sense of self emerges and social relationships grow in importance. The newly developed mental capacity to form comparisons can magnify the impacts of problems on a child’s self-concept. This is the age when learning disabilities, social skills deficits and many clinical diagnoses begin to clearly emerge.
Reasons for seeking treatment
- Exposure to intense family conflicts or trauma
- Death of a loved one or terminal illness
- Inflexibility or struggling with change
- Disruptive behaviors
- School avoidance
- Out of control anger
- Anxiety interfering with regular activities
- Disconnected from family or friends
- Complaints from teachers or other parents
- Sexualized behaviors or suspicions of abuse
- Regressing back to behaviors previously outgrown
- Bedwetting or toileting accidents
- Rigid diet, clothing or hygiene habits
Demands on parenting Middle Childhood kids
Parents of children in this age group want to help their children be successful at school and in life. This can often result in families finding themselves overscheduled with school, activities, and homework adding to the load in those busy hours after school and before bedtime. At this age, it can be hard to tell whether your child needs comfort or challenge from you when problems arise. Should you step in to help or let them struggle? You may question yourself when prior parenting approaches stop working for you and worse yet moms and dads often disagree about what to do which may increase family arguments.
How we work with children in Middle Childhood and their parents
At this age we offer individual, family, and parent sessions to address the specific concerns arising for you and your child. Sessions that include children will include one of the evidence-based play therapies which addresses the goals for your child. When concerns arise with school, we will collaborate with teachers, social workers, and psychologists including making school visits after obtaining both your permission and the school’s agreement. Family sessions can be also helpful for relational challenges and may include parents, child, and siblings or other significant relationships as needed. Parent sessions are scheduled at least once a month to check progress, provide tools, and discuss next steps along the way.