Children and young people can face a number of challenges as they grow and develop. Some of these challenges are simply part of growing up but sometimes, they can impact on a child’s wellbeing to such an extent that an Educational Psychologist is needed to help the child and /or family understand what is going on and help to formulate a plan to move forward.
What kind of things can an educational psychologist help with?
We have been trained to work with all sorts of issues that face children and young people as they learn, grow and develop. Some of the things that can cause difficulties for young people include
- Pace of learning
- Social media
- Friendship issues
- Access to the curriculum
- Past or ongoing trauma
- Bereavement and loss
- Developmental issues
- Self esteem
- Approach to learning
All of these issues, and more, can affect how children and young feel about themselves, and also about their learning. At Connect to Thrive, we work very closely with young people to make sure that we understand clearly how issues in a child’s life are affecting them and impacting upon them. We work together with the child /family and school to formulate a solution that works for their individual circumstances.
What skills will an educational psychologist use to help my child?
At Connect to Thrive, we believe strongly in supporting a child / young person to “have a voice”. We apply our psychological and child development knowledge to ensure that a child feels comfortable and able to express what concerns they might have and identify strategies to help them move forward. We use a variety of techniques and skills including solution focussed approaches, narrative approaches and person centred approaches. The key thing across all that we do is to ensure that the child feels heard and that they are involved in decision making about their lives.