Signs Your Child Could Benefit from Pediatric Therapy

All kids experience ups and downs navigating through childhood and that doesn’t necessarily mean they need pediatric therapy. Emotional lows could result from just about anything. Often they’re simply issues with a friend, a bad grade at school or hurt feelings from something a family member said. These are harmless enough. Even a normal part of growing up. Some are teachable moments. Others simply bumps in the road. But how do you know when your child’s emotional ups and downs could have deeper roots and warrant seeking the help of a therapist?

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A professional child education therapist having a meeting with a kid in a family support center.

When Should I Be Concerned?

Life with a child tends to get busy at times. It’s easy to overlook symptoms or behaviors that may appear normal on the surface. However, if you observe any of the concerning behaviors below, child therapy could be helpful or even necessary.

  • Struggles in multiple areas of life including school, friendships, family relationships and extracurricular activities
  • Negative comments about their existence or suggestions of suicide – “No one would care if I was gone.” “I wish I wasn’t here.”
  • Notable change in appetite or sleep pattern.
  • Self-destructive behavior such as pulling out hair, cutting or picking at their skin.
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and social activities.
  • Decreased confidence or feeling bad about themselves.
  • Worrying excessively about the future.

In addition to concerning observations, if you have a gut feeling something’s not right, trust it. A parent knows their child better than anyone. If you think something is off, chances are you’re right. A pediatric therapist is skilled to help your child through these difficult times.

How Can Therapy Help My Child?

Children are still growing and learning. Childhood a pivotal time in their lives to learn healthy coping skills that they can carry with them throughout their lifetime. Engaging in therapy as a child helps develop the tools they need to process emotions and effectively manage thoughts and feelings. We all want what is best for our children. Equipping them with the tools to work through emotion, deal with conflict and resolve or accept feelings makes for a happier and healthier life.

We Can Help

Garrett Counseling has experienced therapists ready to help your child. Our Boaz, Huntsville and  Jacksonville teams utilize unique techniques and decades of experience to guide your child through difficult times and teach them coping skills. Schedule your pediatric therapy appointment today (256) 239-5662 or fill out our contact form.