Understanding a child’s mind is no rocket science. It requires a lot of patience and compassion to deal with these gentle minds. Child psychology is a branch that falls under clinical psychology. It focuses on children through the process of assessing and observing their behavior as well as their overall development. It is an influential period and every stage of a child’s development counts as through this journey an individual is shaped and transformed into what he actually today is. Accepting that your child has his own unique and distinct personality will help you find it easier to deal with your children. It is a crucial period where parents can gain information about their child and gradually understand their likes and dislikes. Giving time to children and developing a rapport with them can help to build a healthy relationship between the parent and the child making it easier to correlate with them and their feelings and thought processes. Even the minor changes and events in one’s life cast a great impact on the nurturing of your child’s mind and the formation of his or her future personality.
If we observe the current scenario in a lot of cases both the parents are working due to which they do not get the opportunity to spend quality time with their children who crave for their attention and without developing a strong bond between themselves children perceive themselves in a negative manner, they feel themselves not to be worthy of living in this competitive world and are lacking behind due to which they either become introverts: suppressing their feelings inside them and not standing a chance to speak what one feels or perceives or becomes an extrovert: which further results in making the child arrogant, aggressive, selfish and bitter. The range of disorders may be caused by a number of factors like inconsistency in parenting or issues regarding to family problems and also neglect. This leads to the child drifting away from their parents and forming certain misconceptions like he or she is unwanted. Impulsive behavior, aggression, throwing tantrums, hostility and frequent outbursts can be classified as some of the difficulties parents have to deal with while their child is growing up. In stressful situations children may face relationship issues with family and friends and also poor school performance.
A striking disorder which is relatively seen in children is called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This can be characterized by difficulty in concentration, failing to complete tasks on time and excessive motor activity like fidgeting, difficulty to sit at one place for a course of time, a frequent tendency of making mistakes and avoiding to take an initiative or effort for the completion of any task. Such behavior can be tracked both at home and school and ultimately hampers the overall healthy functioning of the child. The journey from infancy to adolescence and then finally all the way to adulthood covers drastic changes both biological as well as environmental influences playing an equally major role. The overall physical, cognitive, social and emotional development attempts to justify how the child behaves, thinks, responds, interacts with the outer world, ultimately it forms one’s perspective and a general outlook towards life and its challenges.
Child psychologists specialize in helping children who are facing issues during their primary years of development. The issues can be emotional, social, mental and even cases of child abuse and learning disabilities can be tackled by seeking help from these professionals who are ever ready to deal with such cases due to their intensive educational training as well as their spirited attitude. Hence the word impossible does not exist in their dictionary!
Though we being adults we too require help and support from family and friends, we acquire it so as maintain our balance and peace of mind. It is true that the hassles an adult faces cannot be compared to the issues faced by children but as we require time to time assistance so do they. In today’s time we have endless professional opportunities to choose from but working as a child psychologist is not easy. The therapies that can be implemented on adults and help them develop problem solving skills cannot be used while dealing with children. The impact of a significant life event for example- death of a loved one, anxiety while dealing with peers etc will have a very diverse effect on a child. Facing difficulties at such a tender age is too much of a burden and for helping them deal with it therapists come into the picture. They try to slowly establish communion with the child and step by step try to discover the root of the issue that can greatly help to deal with them. Few of the therapies include: initiating a conversation in a fun manner, using mediums like coloring and painting to make the child feel at ease and be rather more of a friend than a therapist.
Instilling positivity in a person, pumping up an individual to see the colorful side of life, May it be an adult or in this case a child in both cases it is a challenging task. Life is all about dealing with all these hurdles and having an optimistic attitude and faith in oneself can make this task an easier one. Don’t you think?