“Drs, I am at a loss with my son. How can I help my 10 year old control his behavior at school? “
The first thing to look at is his health. Is he getting enough rest, eating properly, enough exercise? It is also important to look at any recent or ongoing stressors that need to be processed. We also need to examine parenting styles, and the parent/child relationship to ascertain how that is working, and how can it be improved upon.
The child and his goals, desires, level of development, and abilities to cope and problem solve are gathered. From there a plan is made to assist with all or specific areas like class for toddlers that can help. Typically, after general health care review, and maybe some parenting tips, the child is helped to learn specific impulse control skills, stress reducing techniques, and problem solving strategies. Depending on the child’s age and ability to comprehend, an attempt to correct some faulty thinking may also be incorporated.
Psychotherapy in combination with medication is the most effective treatment for the majority of children and adults with a variety of disorders. Our in-house Medical Psychologist can provide both therapy and medication, thus optimizing treatment efficacy without you having to pay two doctors. Medication can reduce symptoms of distress more rapidly. Not only are you likely to feel more like your “normal self” sooner, but to sleep better, think more clearly, handle normal frustrations more easily, be less irritable, and make faster progress in therapy.
I hope this gives you some insight on the factors that affect your son. We’re located in Metairie (504) 717-4043 or Mandeville (985) 624-2942 if you would like to contact us for specific therapy for your child
Response from Counselor Jan Doty