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It can be hard to know when to get outside help for your child, vs when the problems are merely growing pains.  Here is a list that can help you decide:

Warning signs that your child may need counseling include: 

  • Acting out or shutting down in school

  • Challenges making friends at school

  • Difficulty with group activities

  • Difficulty with transitions

  • Developmental delays or diagnoses (Autism, Asperger's) 

  • Immature play skills

  • Frequent meltdowns or tantrums

  • Obsessions or compulsions that are having an impact on the quality of life

    • Obsessive cleaning of hands or checking things

    • Obsessive thoughts or topics of conversation

    • Obsessiveness with food

    • Need to control environment

  • Sudden shift in behavior or performance

  • Difficulty expressing emotion

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness

  • Constant anger and a tendency to overreact to situations

  • Persistent worry, anxiety, or fearfulness

  • Preoccupation with physical illness or their own appearance

  • Behavior that is very different between environments, such as home, school, or in other public places

  • A sudden, unexplained drop in grades at school

  • A loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed

  • Changes in patterns of sleeping or eating that don't improve with your support

  • Reclusiveness, preferring to be alone rather than in the company of friends or family

  • Expressing thoughts of suicide

  • An inability to concentrate, think clearly, or make decisions

  • An inability to sit still, pay attention, or a lack of focus

  • Experiencing regular nightmares

  • Aggression at home or school