6 Ways Our Child Psychologists Can Help Children with Developmental Delays
A child psychologist works primarily with children, administer tests, and engage in therapy sessions to help resolve issues that cause emotional or behavioural problems. It is very important to know the psychology behind the child’s behaviour to better understand how kids tick as well as how to support them to become well-rounded individuals.
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1. In Mom’s Intervention Program, a child psychologist who will be your facilitator as well as your mentor will be appointed to assist you. He/she will guide you at every step of the program and work with you to monitor your child’s progress and modify the program according to the child’s changing needs. Each month, the psychologist will provide you with a new education plan and resources to advance your child’s skills.
2. Develop a “point system” that allows your child to earn rewards: In order to teach kids cause and effect, give them “points” for good behaviour. This will act as positive reinforcement. Let them redeem these points at the end every week for a reward which holds some kind of value to them. This will help them to connect their actions with specific results threatening the future.
3. Hold your child accountable for his actions: Teach your children to control their impulses by letting them know that mistakes happen but they are responsible and answerable for their mistakes. Help the children if the situation is really hard for them but at the same time they still need to know that their actions are hurting other people and they can’t avoid it.
4. Give your child a daily schedule: When a proper schedule is given to kids with Asperger, they feel calmer and more in control. In this way, make a proper timetable for them and make sure your child provides cross or wipe off tasks as he completes them. It will give him a feeling of accomplishment.
5. Provide your child with a list of rules: When you give your child a clear list of rules, it will help him/her to understand where their household boundaries lie and reminds him/her to think before he acts.
6. Guide your child through transitions: Teach self regulation techniques to children on the spectrum by letting your child know at least ten minutes in advance what you don’t expect him to do and engage in another activity. If he doesn’t stop, give him another reminder after five minutes. It is quite challenging but the rewards are worth it. Through proper guidance, your child can learn to control his/her impulses and to behave patiently.
Remember you and your child are not alone. Guidance from a mental health professional is a valuable tool to teach your child how to self-regulate. You and your child don’t have to navigate life with Asperger’s or HFA alone.