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How does a psycologist/therapist treat a sn child?

Posted by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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 I have been seeing that in several other groups where ppl have posted that their 4yr old, 5yr old, even a 3yr old is in therapy. What I don't understand is how a therapist can help typical kids that age let alone children that are special needs? Lina just turned 9 but has the mental ability of a 4-4.5 yr old but also doesn't communicate very well, she talks and you can understand her but her actual communication isn't real good. To get an answer you have to ask the right question but also in the right way then she may actually answer the question, it has taken even me several tries to get the information from her. I guess I understand in some instances needing a child talk to someone outside the family like if there was violence or sexual abuse, but having a child in therapy for things associated to their sn how does that work? I am just curious because of the many posts I've read in other groups that say their very young child is in therapy.

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Pukalani79
by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

 It's different depending on the needs.  My girls started at 6 and 8.  One therapist used play therapy to teach DD2 different methods of coping with pain.  She also had a speech therapist working with her on pronounciations and such. With DD1 it was more your typical counseling, finding ways to deal with friends, anxiety and mood swings.  All 3 therapists were specifically trained to help with these type of needs.

gma12.1
by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 2:42 PM

 Thank you.

I guess after reading things I was a little worried that they would want her to see a psycologist or therapist and with her cognitive abilities that it would be basically a useless endevor. Thanks for clearing up how they would most likely deal with her. She has other therapists for speech, ot, pt and there is discussion about vision also.

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Nicholy10
by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM
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My 3 year old sees a therapist. He is being evaluated to figure out for sure what's going on with him. He is currently labled ODD, but may also have a SPD, developmental disorder, and/or Aspergers. Right now the therapist is just doing evaluations and sending him to specialists for evaluations. Then meets me regularly to give me ideas on how to help him in various settings, because he's too young to meet with her for therapy (especially with his speech delay and cognitive limitations in verble reasoning). So therapy for him is more parent consultation/support.

lifeisajoy
by on Dec. 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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There are many ways and really depends on the child-there are many evaluations and type of therapies related to children and they should be trained, re-trained, and trained again in (meaning their skill levels are continued to be tested to make sure they are able to evalute the population they are working with)

For example I use to be a behavioral specialist and every year I had to take a certain type of test and gain a certain percentage or I was not able to be a behavioral specialist

Many of the therapists and psychologists go to numerous trainings throughout the year on the area of the speciality (especially-a general but also a speciality)  For ex. if someone is working with children with special needs then they would go to lot of trainings that work on different types of therapies, assessments and evaluations regarding that.

I hope I answered some of your questions and if I did not or have more questions feel free to ask

Also feel free to ask them what certifications or trainings they have done and when if they are a decent therapist/psychologist they should have no problem telling you-

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Dec. 10, 2012 at 4:45 AM

These ladies have some great points, and I've always wondered this myself to be honest.  Thanks for asking and I'm glad I learned from this!

i.heart.myboys
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:40 AM
That's very interesting. I've always wondered.

Quoting Pukalani79:

 It's different depending on the needs.  My girls started at 6 and 8.  One therapist used play therapy to teach DD2 different methods of coping with pain.  She also had a speech therapist working with her on pronounciations and such. With DD1 it was more your typical counseling, finding ways to deal with friends, anxiety and mood swings.  All 3 therapists were specifically trained to help with these type of needs.

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i.heart.myboys
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:40 AM
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That's so great that you have someone to give you some ideas.

Quoting Nicholy10:

My 3 year old sees a therapist. He is being evaluated to figure out for sure what's going on with him. He is currently labled ODD, but may also have a SPD, developmental disorder, and/or Aspergers. Right now the therapist is just doing evaluations and sending him to specialists for evaluations. Then meets me regularly to give me ideas on how to help him in various settings, because he's too young to meet with her for therapy (especially with his speech delay and cognitive limitations in verble reasoning). So therapy for him is more parent consultation/support.

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gma12.1
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 4:51 PM

This makes me feel a lot better just in case they want her to see one. Also just out of curiosity. Thanks for all the information.

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maureen813
by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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I am a clinical therapist working with children in schools and also within a large community counseling center. I have my masters degree in social work and my youngest client is five, my oldest is sixteen years old. The younger ones have issues ranging from attention deficit disorder and anxiety and many have post traumatic stress disorder due to past sexual/physical abuse or neglect and exposure to family violence. I provide as many age appropriate interventions as possible which target symptom reduction and play therapy is a primary modality with a great deal of family work or we say dyad work with very young children in order to help them to recognize and process feelings connected with trauma. I hope this is helpful.
letstalk747
by Joy on Jan. 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM

some also for prescribing meds

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