With an ever-growing multitude of platforms through which children can access online games – smartphones, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch – it can feel impossible to prevent children from spending hours in their rooms or sitting in front of the television. As well as being a fun way to pass the time, video games can be used within school curriculums and are thought to provide mental stimulation [1, 2]. In 2016, a survey found that 98% of homes in Australia with children had computer games available . With a growing epidemic of children displaying addictive behaviours around gaming, in 2013, Internet Gaming Disorder – gaming addiction – was proposed to be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders  and was added to the […]
As a parent you have two ways of reducing bullying. One is to encourage your child not to bully others. The other is to help your child deal with bullying effectively. Both of these actions lead to a positive outcome for your child. You want your child to be respected by their peers and elders (not feared or seen as aggressive). This leads to positive long term outcomes for your child. You also want your child to be strong and determined enough to stand up for their rights and the rights of others. A child psychologist can help your child modify their thinking and behaviour to reduce the impact of bullying, and to become more assertive and confident. Parents also play an important role in helping […]
Let’s find out about this ‘disorder’ – What is ADHD? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Psychiatric Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) is often used to define the typical presentations of a child, adolescent, or adult whose behaviour suggests a diagnosis of ADHD. For the exact table, please refer to the DSM-V itself; however, the following notes provide an overview summary. There are three ‘presentations’ or groups of behaviour: Hyperactive/Impulsive, Inattentive, and Mixed (both hyperactive and inattentive). There are nine symptoms or characteristic behaviours for Hyperactive/Impulsive, and nine for Inattentive. For children or adolescents up to the age of 17, to have a diagnosis determined, six of the nine behaviours in Hyperactive/Impulsive or Inattentive must be demonstrated. These behaviours should be noted in at least two […]
Treatment for Childhood Trauma What is Trauma? When I was studying to become a psychologist, I learned about a study called the Adverse Childhood Experiences study1 (or ACE’s), and it blew my mind, broke my heart, and lit my heart full of passion all at once. The study found that with each traumatic experience a child had (such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, physical or emotional neglect, domestic violence, substance misuse within household, household mental illness, parental separation or divorce, and/or an incarcerated household member), the chance of being affected in some way during their adult life increased compared to someone who hadn’t experienced an ACE, and each added experience often doubled, tripled or quadrupled their chance of becoming ill. Experiencing ACEs are associated with […]
A child psychologist is a psychologist who has trained specifically to provide assessments and treatments for children experiencing behavioural, social, emotional (click here to know signs of depression for children), or educational problems. They have specific knowledge about child development and childhood disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). But what does a child psychologist do you might ask? This blog will give you a quick rundown on how a child psychologist works with little poppets and their families.
“I’m fine” your child grumps at you – but you know they’re not.
So how do you know if what they are experiencing is serious or not when they don’t talk to you?! This blog will take the guessing work out of it and provide you with the top 7 signs to look out for that might suggest your child could be depressed.