Support for Children Living with Mental Illness

Published on February 4th, 2015

Therapeutic support services provide physical, social and emotional assistance for children with mental illness, and educates the child and their parents on how to properly deal with potential issues they may face. These services help to ensure that the child can gain the skills needed to reach personal goals or milestones, attain independence and become prepared for future education or independent living. Caretaker involvement can go a long way to helping the child and work through various issues.

Children Struggling with ADHD

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are not simply hyper, unruly or misbehaving. They have trouble with concentration and organization, cannot easily make or keep friends, and can be extremely impulsive and active. Using behavior therapy with the child and assistance from their parents or school teachers can help to modify and shape some of these challenging and even impairing impulses. For example, using small incentives to remind a child to raise their hand instead of impulsively speaking out of turn in a classroom can go a long way to helping a child learn how to self-monitor their behavior.

Children on the Autism Spectrum

Raising a child with autism can be stressful and tiring on the entire family; it all comes down to patience and understanding. Children with autism may have a variety of challenges to overcome, including social skills, emotional outbursts, and dependence. Children may have trouble learning how to share toys and or not know how to interact with others at home or in a classroom setting. Using therapeutic support can help children meet their own personal goals and provide them with a sense of self-accomplishment and pride.

Emotional and Behavior Disorders affecting Children

A large number of disorders that fall into the category of being emotional or behavioral including, but not limited to: schizophrenia, anorexia, bulimia, dissociative disorder and anxiety. Adults as well as children can suffer from any of these issues, but for children they can cause a strain at home and in school that may become severe if not treated early. Finding the right therapeutic support through specific children’s therapy services can help a child learn to function with, and move past, any limitations they may have.