GRADES SUFFERING ALREADY?
Children between the ages of 6 to 10 have entered into primary school and an active life outside of the immediate family.
What Children Need
Developmental growth is rapid as children build the fundamentals of socialization outside of their immediate family. Learning and consolidating language skills and exploring friendships while optimally maintaining a close and secure bond to the immediate family.
Challenges Children Face
Mastery of early childhood developmental tasks is highly variable and a mismatch with the home, peers and school demands can raise concerns for a child’s maturation, readiness and capacity for a child’s achievement and success. This can also contribute to concerns for anxiety, inattentiveness and/or oppositional behaviors. If further complicated by illness, loss or earlier trauma a child’s natural resiliency is frequently overwhelmed.
My Approach as your Child’s Psychiatrist
For a young child, I generally recommend meeting with parents first followed by a joint meeting with your child. Reviewing any prior testing or other documents, speaking with teachers, school psychologist, pediatricians or previous therapists is preferably after our first appointment.
Treatment options are broad and can include recommendations for further educational, neuropsychological assessment, parent guidance, play therapy or referral for family therapy. Engagement with your child’s school can frequently be beneficial to help establish appropriate educational and socialization supports.