Children & Family Issues

Children & Family Issues

From Sarah Jamal

The treatment of Asperger’s involves communication groups with peers as well as individual sessions which are videotaped to provide important social feedback

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There are two key things to assess from the beginning when a child or adolescent has problems. The first is to see if the problem or symptom is there for a reason. Many symptoms are like car alarms – they are “going off” to alert people that there’s a problem. Anxiety for example, is supposed to be present sometimes, to alert the person and others that there’s a problem – there’s something wrong that needs to be attended to. In children and adolescents, the presence of a symptom can be a signal that there’s a problem in the family system that needs to be attended to.

The second thing to consider about child or adolescent problems is whether the problem is developmentally typical or not. Adolescents are developmentally more moody than adults. Younger children are thought disordered by adult standards. A good assessment uses tools which compare children and adolescents to others of the same gender and age.

Common problems seen at Heritage which deserve professional attention include ADHD/ADD, depression, academic underachievement, anxiety, phobias or pronounced fears, peer problems, Asperger’s disorder, oppositional defiant behaviors, conduct problems, and learning disorders.

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