ADDRESSING EMOTIONAL/BEHAVIORAL
DILEMMAS IN
CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Behavioral and emotional concerns about children should be addressed as soon as they are
recognized by care takers.  A sudden change in grades and school performance, a noticeable
change in the types of friends, withdrawal or a desire to be isolated from others are all red flags
to an emotional dilemma a child or an adolescent may be experiencing.

Play and activity therapy for children and adolescents give the counselor an opportunity to
create a safe atmosphere to interact with the child/adolescent.  This process gives the client an
opportunity to explore the emotional dilemma which may be causing the undesired behavior.

Through expression of feelings and a therapeutic alliance between the child/adolescent and the
counselor, a feeling of safety and openness is experienced by the client, and new patterns and
responses can develop; therefore, more satisfying feelings and behaviors become possible.

Do you think your child might be having ADHD?
Consult a specialist before jumping to a conclusion. Play  
therapy is a powerful tool in helping children to learn to    
manage their anxiety and other disturbing and     
distracting emotions.  

To learn more about ADHD go to:
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/adhd.cfm#symptoms  
CHILDREN
DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES  OF  ADOLESCENCE
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