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Bringing restoration! Getting the help your family needs.
By on March 30th, 2011

Children who have been abused or neglected have so many things to overcome.  Often parents think that adopting or fostering a child will require the same parenting techniques that were used with their biological children.

Most specialists that work with maltreated children recommend a team approach to bringing restoration to a child.  A therapist that has experience working with children who have a similar history to your child can make a huge difference.  They will recognize and understand behaviors and will be able to give helpful tools to make things easier in the transition into the family.

Having a tutor come alongside to help the child catch up in school will help with self esteem.  Each time a child learns to master a topic or subject they will feel more confident to take on more difficult issues.  This allows the parents to focus on building relationships within the family.

We highly suggest each family gather a team committed to praying for complete restoration for the child and bonding for the family.

It is also a must to have trusted friends who will give parents time off for much needed rest and for regular date nights.

An article in Kid’s Health reports that about 1 in 5 children in the United States has an emotional or behavioral condition, according to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). But these often are problems like anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and depression, which can respond well to early treatment with gentle, kid-friendly techniques like talk therapy.

Early diagnosis and treatment are key. Parents who worry that their child might be suffering from a mental health condition should first speak with their pediatrician or primary care provider, who can assess the child and then refer parents to a mental health specialist, if needed.

A child should receive a full mental health assessment from a specialist, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, before being put on any psychiatric medication, especially one as strong as an antipsychotic. In addition to taking a thorough medical history, the specialist will ask about the family situation and school environment, and if there is a family history of psychiatric problems.

If other options, such as talk therapy and less powerful medications, have been unsuccessful in treating a severe mental disorder, only then should mental health professionals turn to stronger pharmaceutical treatments.

Reviewed by: D’Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: December 2010

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/issues_2011/2011_psychiatric.html#cat20859

 

 

Photo by “D Sharon Pruitt”

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