In which situations should a Child Psychologist be consulted?
Child psychology is a branch of psychology that examines the development and behavior of children from birth to adolescence. Not only the child's physical development, but also emotional and social development, cognitive development is under investigation. Although child psychology has recently been given importance by families, going to a psychologist still remains taboo. In children's problems, parents think about going to a psychologist, they try to solve the problem in different ways. At the last stage, they go to a psychologist as a last resort. However, as the problem progresses up to this stage, it becomes more difficult to solve. Considering the budget allocated for the education of their children, it is seen that families do not invest enough in child psychology. The biggest investment in children should be made in the first six years of life. During this period, 75% of the personality development in children is completed. After this process, it is possible to make children live in better conditions. However, it is less difficult to make them healthier, happier, more sociable, and more intelligent and self-developed people.
In which conditions should children go to a psychologist?
For developmental control: It is necessary not to wait for a problem to occur, to get sick or to exhibit a behavioral disorder in order to take children to a psychologist. In the 0-6 age period, children should be taken to a psychologist at regular intervals for developmental control. With the approval of the psychologist, parents, caregivers and family elders can attend these sessions. In these sessions, it can be determined whether the child shows a normal development or not. Their development is evaluated in terms of physical, language, movement, intelligence development, social and emotional aspects. By learning the laggards of the development areas, they are tried to be supported. For this, exercises, toys and different games are recommended. While it can be learned by the families at the 18th month that the child has a speech problem, it can be learned by the psychologist at the 8th-10th. determined in months. In this way, supportive exercises for language development can be started earlier. Weaknesses and strengths of the child can be determined. A healthy communication with children is learned. Families have the opportunity to learn about their mistakes without realizing it. You learn to teach children everything in the right way. You consciously direct your children to a sport, art or other field that they may be interested in. 6-8 months is the appropriate period to start developmental checks in children.
Behavioral and adjustment disorders, diseases and disabilities: Families can consult a psychologist for developmental disorders, gender anomalies, and chromosomal problems for their children. Support should be sought especially in problems such as autism, down syndrome, speech disorder, mental retardation, and hyperactivity. When medical treatment is administered for children's ailments, supportive treatment is given by the psychologist. In cases of accidental or congenital disabilities, getting psychological support together with medical treatment increases the success of the treatment. In behavioral disorders and adjustment problems, only psychological treatment is sufficient. Since these problems are common among children, families do not perceive this as a problem. However, these problems may become increasingly difficult to solve. These problems include night fears, nail biting, bedwetting, aggression, anger, anxiety disorder, tics, lying, sibling jealousy, stubbornness, and introversion.
Family-related problems and life changes: Factors such as the death of a family member, divorce, change of city, change of caregiver, starting school, birth of siblings can cause emotional problems in children. Children are adversely affected by these situations. By consulting a psychologist before these problems, children can be less affected by them.
Answering questions about psychology: Without harming the psychology of children, families can get support from a psychologist even for easy problems. While these problems can be eliminated with suggestions, when used with an unhealthy method, it can cause adjustment and emotional problems in children. It should not be forgotten that these problems are the basis for the problems of adolescence and should be tried to be solved. These problems include factors such as the child's starting nursery school, course and school problems.
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