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Child Specialist: 6+

Children internalize and externalize their experiences with relationships and life events differently than adults, requiring child specialists to use a more tailored and unique approach. Through the use of art and play therapy, children can learn to express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a developmentally appropriate manner. Through a gentle, non-intrusive, and forward-oriented process, children can learn to increase their emotional awareness and social responsiveness. 

 

Definition

Child Specialists specialize in treating children with behavioural, emotional, or mental disorders. Child Specialists take a behavioural approach to emotional problems with children, focusing on helping their patients to develop ways to use their own strengths to cope with issues.

Common Symptoms

Emotional Symptoms

  • Overwhelming fears of things that are normally not seen as scary

  • Lack of appetite

  • Regressing to a younger state

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Trouble performing in school

  • Mood changes

  • Behavioural changes

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Acting withdrawn and/or uninterested

 

Physical Symptoms

  • Nightmares

  • Lack of concentration

  • Headaches

  • Frequent stomach aches

  • Self-harming behaviour

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Substance use

Is it Time to Make a Change?

If you begin to notice that your child or youth is exhibiting some of the above symptoms or you are noticing that their day-to-day functioning is impacted, then it may be time to seek some support. Through a thorough assessment, a child specialist can support your children or youth through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by identifying their needs and concerns. As well, parents can also receive support, developing the tools and education to support their children or youth moving forward. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to our team.