This is part one of several giving some very basic general guidelines and information about the mental health of children.
The more common and minor behavioural disorders would include:
- over active kids getting into mischief
- playing pranks,
- being a bit rebellious
- other milder behaviour patterns.
But; when these milder patterns take on a more serious and sinister display of negativity. They can no longer be regarded as normal but as real behaviour disorders.
The more common warning signs of such negative and often destructive behaviour are:
- threatening or harming others or animals
- harming or threatening themselves
- destroying property
- lying or stealing
- not doing well at school
- skipping school
- early smoking, drinking and drug use
- early sexual activity
- frequent serious tantrums and arguments
- consistent hostility towards authority figures
All the above displays would signify a problem child. And the parent would almost always feel at a lost on how to cope in such situations.
The confusion and anger felt of both sides needs dealing with. Otherwise progress cannot be made to overcome this negativity. The child has to accept the idea of receiving help. The goal being getting back to a calmer and better behaviour that others can live with.
Research showns that it is not always outside situations that cause negative behaviours. But can sometimes be due to some disorder in the the child's brain.
Imbalances or lack of chemicals in the brain can be one of the causes for the behaviour. Exploring this possibility is important too.
Living with children who have mental health problems can be quite challenging. And adding to this is that most of these children are not willing to accept help. This usually due to the mental conditions they have.
So using games as a stimulating factor would be a good and encouraging tool to start with.
Using games to help behavioural problems
These games are available online or at any game shops. The parent would have to consider the child's mental condition. And work out what it would take to stimulate it the best way possible.
Games as some can be handmade or an invention for your child. Some intuitive imagination may best suit the child's needs.
'Old fashioned' board and card games are a great way to stimulate the mind of a child. Online there are games designed to address specific mental health problems. Such as depression, self esteem issues, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and many more.
These board games can also be played from a therapeutic angle. This would allow the child's involvement without pressure to face the problem head on. It can also contribute to helping the child practice improving of the social skills. Most mental health problematic children shy away from this.
This will gradually help to improve the self esteem issues the child may be going through.
Traditional games can be played with positive affirmations. By getting the child to make a positive statement each turn they play.
Strategy games are useful tools. They help to build the self confidence of the child during the game. By improving on problem solving skills and improving on working as a team member.
Games can include sports either as an individual or in a team. This will be explored in another Blog in this series.