Challenging Children: Getting Professional Help
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Sequencing Professional Help
In general, the following sequence should help you make decisions about who to see first:
- Deal immediately with serious worries about your child's life, safety, and control of your own behavior. Ask yourself:
- Am I afraid my child may hurt himself or others? If so, get help now.
- Is my child losing touch with reality, seeing or hearing things that aren't there, or experiencing an abrupt halt in development (such as sudden loss of language, sudden appearance of head-banging, etc.)?
- Am I afraid I may harm my child?
- If you receive a recommendation that medication might help, investigate that next.
- Focus on behaviors that drive you crazy--specifically those that adversely affect daily routines. If things have deteriorated too far, family or individual therapy may be necessary.
- Consider auxiliary services recommended such as occupational therapy, speech and language services, or physical therapies.
- Depending on the child's need and family priorities, consider family or individual therapy, social-skills training, couples therapy, and education counseling. Evaluate each child on an individual basis.
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From From Chaos to Calm: Effective Parenting of Challenging Children with ADHD and Other Behavioral Problems by Janet E. Heininger and Sharon K. Weiss. Copyright ï¿½ 2001. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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