Children and teens talk with us without speaking a word.
When things bother children and teens they usually don’t want to talk about it – children because they might not know how and teens because they don’t want to.
At Unique Mindcare we view and treat children and teens as individual little adults. They can feel the same things as adults but they might not be able to tell what it is they’re exactly feeling and in terms we can understand.
That’s where we can help them.
The first step in our therapy approach is to observe the patient in a familiar activity.
We can learn a lot about what is bothering a child just by watching how he or she plays with toys. We can tell what children are feeling simply by looking at one of their drawings or paintings. These are important ways they express themselves when they can’t find the right words.
Many times we learn more from teens from what they’re not saying than by what they’re saying. It’s all about facial expressions, body language and the way they dress.
The most important thing to remember is children and teens often act the way they do because they feel unnoticed and they just want some attention.
Once we understand what it is that is affecting the child or teen, we can recommend a counseling program designed to help the patient heal in a healthy way. We involve the parents every the step of the way. We advise them that one of the best ways to help their child progress through therapy is to just nod at their child’s negative behavior and actively reinforce their positive behavior at every opportunity. Children and teens tend to react favorably to positive reinforcement and will modify their behavior accordingly.
We find that children and teens are happiest when they are recognized and rewarded for positive behavior – just like adults.
For more information regarding our approach to helping children and teens heal and grow, contact Unique Mindcare today.