In the previous episode, we brought Dr. Helen Tsamoulous to the show to give us an introduction to the most common behavioural problems present among children. In this episode, we take the conversation a step deeper and talk about the underlying causes of behavioural issues among children. How can parents and professionals work together to assure a better future for a child with behavioural issues, either diagnosed or undiagnosed? This question is what we try to answer in this episode of Chatabout Children.
For those of you who missed the first part of our conversation about child behaviour head over to Episode 17. In that episode and in this new episode, I talked with Dr. Helen Tsamoulous, a registered psychologist who has provided assessment and counselling services with children, adolescents, and families for over 20 years. Dr. Helen is also a school counsellor and a teacher, helping undergraduate and postgraduate counselling psychology students who are looking to work with children and families. Following a positive growth framework, Dr. Helen helps children, adolescents, and their families experience a sense of empowerment when addressing any opportunities for growth in daily life—these include behavioural challenges.
• The most common medical issues that may cause behavioural problems in children
• The difference between typical behaviour and non-typical behaviour in children
• How to work with a child whose comprehension has been compromised
• A detailed description of Dr. Helen’s method and her team’s coordination while helping a child with a behavioural issue
• What Dr. Helen says to parents who are anxious about the future, given their child’s behavioural issue
• The importance of open communication in managing a child’s behavioural problem
• The importance of having a strong support network, which consists of both family members and professionals
Dr. Helen’s Advice for Teachers Working with Children with Behavioral Issues
• Establish firm boundaries within the class system.
• Be alert with behaviours that have a different underlying cause.
• Learn how to work in a collaborative way with the child’s family.
Dr. Helen’s Self-Care Tips for Parents, Teachers, Professionals, and Other Caregivers of Children with Behavioral Issues
• Be mindful of how you are feeling.
• Don’t be afraid to ask help for yourself.
• Accept the things you can work on and delegate what you can’t handle.
• Have time for yourself.
• Don’t neglect your other relationships.
“It is about being able to follow the child on their journey, and there will be challenges and obstacles along the way, but there is no reason why we can’t look at remediation of symptom experiences for any child.”
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