When to Get Your Child the Counseling They Need

All children have emotional ups and downs. After all, they’re processing a lot in our fast-paced world and their bodies are constantly changing. Moodiness, trouble in school, trouble with their friends - these are all things that kids struggle with on a daily basis. However, at what point does the concern turn to something more serious?

It is important to stay connected to your child’s emotions and remain consistent with discipline. After all, children need boundaries set in order to understand what behaviors are appropriate. As parents, it is our responsibility to not only set them, but enforce them. Keeping a standard routine including a consistent wake up time, meal time and bed time gives structure and can help to improve your child’s mental health.

Warning Signs

While there may be many reasons you might seek advice on your child’s behavioral or mental health, these are a few indicators to determine if the additional support of a behavioral health professional could be of help:

  • Your discipline strategies aren’t working
  • Your child’s behavior is disruptive at school
  • You child’s behavior impacts their social lives
  • Your child’s behavior is not developmentally appropriate

How to Find Support

Your pediatric provider is here to help. If you have concerns about your child’s behavior or mental health, your UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics (UPMC CCP) provider can refer your child to a Behavioral Health Specialist. The first visit is an assessment where they gather information and get to know you and your child. Together, they will work with you to provide the support and information you need to help your child thrive.

Although behavior and mental health problems can be challenging for families, it is nothing to be ashamed of. Many families face these issues throughout the course of parenting. UPMC CCP behavioral health providers see over 2,000 patients each month. Early intervention is the key to a better outcome. Discussing your concerns with your provider is the first step.