At first, the therapist will meet with you and your child to talk. They will ask questions and listen. This helps them learn more about your child and about the problem. The therapist will tell you how they can help.
After that, your child will go to more therapy visits. At these visits, your child might:
• Talk: Talking is a healthy way to express feelings. When kids put feelings into words instead of actions, they can act their best. When someone listens and knows how they feel, kids are more ready to learn.
• Do activities: Therapists use activities to teach about feelings and coping skills. They may have kids draw or play as a way to learn, and they may also teach mindfulness and calm breathing as a way to lower stress.
• Practice new skills: Therapists help kids practice what they learn. They might play games where kids need to wait their turn, use self-control, be patient, follow directions, listen, share, try again, or deal with losing.
• Solve problems: With older kids and teens, therapists ask how problems affect them at home, at school and will talk over how to solve these problems.
If you notice that your child’s behaviour has suddenly and/or dramatically changed, or something feels “off” with your child, schedule a consultation with your child’s paediatrician or search for a child counsellor for a more in-depth assessment. Sound judgment can ensure that your child receives the best treatment possible for his/her condition or issue.