It can be overwhelming. Children are put in an environment where they may feel they are not accepted just for themselves but for what they are going to achieve. All this builds stress. Stress itself is not a bad thing. Being challenged makes you learn new things and keeps your brain functioning. In all the major theories of learning, there is stress. But if stress is really interfering with development, that is a problem. Stress is also the primary inducer of most episodes of depression. Sometimes with too much stress kids get immobilized. But with stress, as with so much else, prevention is the key.
Until around age 18 a child is developing in a number of ways, all of which also affect them psychologically:
Physical Development Adolescence is a time of change throughout the body. A growth spurt usually occurs near the time of puberty.
Cognitive Development This is how the brain develops the abilities to think, learn, reason, and
remember. Kids typically focus on the present, but eventually they start to understand that what they do
now can have long-term effects. They are also beginning to see that issues are not just clear-cut and that information can be interpreted in different way.
Emotional and Social Development As they start to move from childhood into adulthood, adolescents
feel the urge to be more independent from their families. Often, friends replace parents as a source of
advice. When at home, adolescents may prefer spending time alone to being part of the family. Still, family support is important to help them build a strong sense of self.
Sensory and Motor Development As children begin to grow, even in their teen years, they may be a
little awkward or clumsy. Their brains need time to adjust to longer limbs and bigger bodies. Getting
regular moderate exercise can improve coordination and help build healthy habits. And exercise is a good
means of fighting off depression.
Does your child exhibit the following behaviors:
If so, then a professional evaluation will let you know how your child can overcome these challenges to be successful in school and in life. Myself and my team of doctors are committed to helping children overcome whatever obstacles are preventing them from leading a productive and successful lives. Children and families have been the focus of my practice, and Desert Psychological for over 15 years. Our team of psychological professionals will create and individual approach to meet your child's needs.
When requested or warranted, an onsite school observation is feasible. This will help provide a better understanding of your child's interactions and behaviors in a natural setting and impressions from this will help augment test results when conceptualizing your child.
COLLEGE BOUND EVALUATIONS
Many colleges are requesting or even requiring evaluations for college admission to make certain that the student will be able to handle the pressures and choices that come with college life, especially if the student will be moving away from home. This will help identify adolescent behavioral and emotional issues that may impede an individual’s ability to thrive in a college environment and steps can be taken to assist the student.
Vocational interests and skills inventory evaluations are helpful for individuals who are planning to enter careers or who are college-bound.
DR. STEPHANIE HOLLAND, LTD
Learning, Behavior and Stress Related Issues
Call it pressure. Call it great expectations. Whatever its name the result is the same: childhood stress. It starts as soon as kindergarten. Play turns into competitive sport. The joy of learning becomes a struggle to excel. Friends are online social connections and charitable acts become a line on a future resume.