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Brain disorders and mental health: How to help your child copeBBrain disorders and mental health: How to help your child copeBrain disorders and mental health: How to help your child copeEnglishPsychiatryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainBrainNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2017-07-12T04:00:00ZKyla McDonald, MA, PhD (c);Tricia Williams, PhD, C Psych, ABPP-CN​​10.000000000000051.0000000000000775.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Find out how you can help your child cope with the challenges of a neurological condition and any related mental health issues.</p><p>Experiencing stress and juggling many responsibilities are a normal part of life, both for you and your child. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to manage the challenges of a child's <a href="/Article?contentid=1926&language=English">brain disorder and their related mental health issues</a>.</p><br><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Some signs of your child's increased stress may be their frustration, statements like "I'm not good enough" or dislike of school.</li> <li>To help your child, encourage them to talk openly about their feelings about school or social stressors.</li> <li>To help your child manage their behaviour, offer specific praise for positive actions, set realistic expectations and help them get enough exercise, sleep and nutrition.</li> <li>Take time to speak to a mental health professional about your own parenting experiences.</li> <li>Consider getting an updated neuropsychological assessment at important transitions in your child's life (starting or finishing high school).</li> </ul><h2>Consulting with professionals</h2> <p>It is also important to consult with therapists or other mental health professionals as needed. You might find it helpful to talk to someone about your own experiences of parenting-related stress and coping skills. Caring for your own adult mental health sets a powerful example to your child and strengthens your ability to support them.</p> <p>Consider getting an updated neuropsychological assessment for recommendations specific to your child's developmental stage, for example as they enter the teen years and/or start high school. The assessment can also be therapeutic because the neuropsychologist is there to help your child recognize their strengths and abilities, address any negative coping thoughts and identify any issues such as <a href="/Article?contentid=19&language=English">depression</a> or <a href="/Article?contentid=18&language=English">anxiety</a>. </p><h2>Further information</h2> <p>For more information on brain disorders and related mental health challenges, please see the following pages:</p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1926&language=English">Brain disorders and mental health: Overview</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=2002&language=English">Brain disorders and mental health: Assessing your child for neuropsychological difficulties</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=2004&language=English">Brain disorders and mental health: Common treatments</a></p> <h2>Resources</h2> <p>The following books offer useful information about brain disorders and related mental health issues.</p> <p>Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2009). <em>Smart but Scattered. </em>New York, NY: The Guildford Press.</p> <p>Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2010). <em>Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents</em>. New York, NY: The Guildford Press.</p> <p>Greene, R. W. (2014). <em>The Explosive Child.</em> New York, NY: HarperCollins.</p> <p>Guare, R. & Dawson, P. (2013). <em>Smart but Scattered TEENS. </em>New York, NY: The Guildford Press.</p> <p>Huebner, D. (2005). <em>What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety</em>. Magination Press.</p> <p>Siegel, D. J. (2013). <em>Brainstorm. </em>New York, NY: Penguin Group.</p> <p>Siegal, D. J. & Bryson, T. P. (2011). <em>The Whole Brain Child</em>. New York, NY: Random House.</p>
Les troubles du cerveau et la santé mentale: comment aider votre enfant à s’adapterLLes troubles du cerveau et la santé mentale: comment aider votre enfant à s’adapterBrain disorders and mental health: How to help your child copeFrenchPsychiatryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainBrainNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2017-07-12T04:00:00ZKyla McDonald, MA, PhD (c);Tricia Williams, PhD, C Psych, ABPP-CN​​10.000000000000051.0000000000000775.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Comment aider votre enfant à composer avec les défis associés à un trouble du cerveau et les problèmes de santé mentale qui en découlent.</p><p> Vivre du stress et assumer plusieurs responsabilités font partie de la vie, que ce soit pour votre enfant ou vous-même. Parfois, cependant, il peut être difficile de composer avec les défis associés à un <a href="/Article?contentid=1926&language=French">trouble du cerveau chez un enfant et les problèmes de santé mentale qui en découlent</a>.</p> <br><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>Les signes d’augmentation du stress chez votre enfant peuvent se manifester sous forme de frustration, d’affirmations telles que « Je ne suis pas assez bon » ou d’aversion pour l’école.</li> <li>Pour aider votre enfant, encouragez-le à parler ouvertement de ce qui engendre du stress à l’école ou dans sa vie sociale.</li> <li>Pour aider votre enfant à contrôler son comportement, félicitez-le pour ses actions positives, fixez des attentes réalistes et aidez-le à avoir une bonne nutrition, à faire plus d’exercice et à dormir suffisamment.</li> <li>Prenez le temps de parler à un professionnel de la santé mentale de votre propre vécu comme parent.</li> <li>Envisagez une nouvelle évaluation neuropsychologique de votre enfant lors des transitions importantes dans sa vie (au début ou à la fin de l’école secondaire).</li> </ul><h2>Consultez des professionnels</h2> <p>Il est également important que vous-même consultiez un thérapeute ou d’autres professionnels de la santé mentale, au besoin. Vous pourriez trouver utile de parler à quelqu’un du stress que vous vivez et de vos capacités d’adaptation en tant que parent. Prendre soin de votre propre santé mentale d’adulte fournit un puissant exemple à votre enfant et renforce votre capacité à le soutenir.</p> <p>Envisagez la possibilité d’obtenir une nouvelle évaluation neuropsychologique de votre enfant avec des recommandations propres à son stade de développement, par exemple, au début de l’adolescence ou à l’entrée à l’école secondaire. Cette évaluation peut aussi avoir une valeur thérapeutique parce que le neuropsychologue peut aider votre enfant à reconnaître ses forces et ses capacités. Elle peut également l’aider à surmonter ses pensées négatives et lui permettre de détecter des problèmes comme la <a href="/Article?contentid=19&language=French">dépression</a> ou l'<a href="/Article?contentid=18&language=French">anxiété​.</a>. </p><h2>Pour de plus amples renseignements</h2> <p>Pour de plus amples renseignements</p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1926&language=French">Les troubles du cerveau et la santé mentale: présentation générale</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=2002&language=French">Les troubles du cerveau et la santé mentale:​ évaluer la présence de problèmes neuropsychologiques chez votre enfant</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=2004&language=French">Les troubles du cerveau et la santé mentale: les traitements actuels</a></p> <h2>Sources de renseignements</h2> <p>Les ouvrages suivants (uniquement en anglais) fournissent des renseignements utiles sur les troubles du cerveau et les problèmes de santé mentale qui en découlent.</p> <p>Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2009). <em>Smart but Scattered. </em>New York, NY: The Guildford Press.</p> <p>Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2010). <em>Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents</em>. New York, NY: The Guildford Press.</p> <p>Greene, R. W. (2014). <em>The Explosive Child.</em> New York, NY: HarperCollins.</p> <p>Guare, R. & Dawson, P. (2013). <em>Smart but Scattered TEENS. </em>New York, NY: The Guildford Press.</p> <p>Huebner, D. (2005). <em>What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety</em>. Magination Press.</p> <p>Siegel, D. J. (2013). <em>Brainstorm. </em>New York, NY: Penguin Group.</p> <p>Siegal, D. J. & Bryson, T. P. (2011). <em>The Whole Brain Child</em>. New York, NY: Random House.</p>

 

 

Brain disorders and mental health: How to help your child cope2003.00000000000Brain disorders and mental health: How to help your child copeBrain disorders and mental health: How to help your child copeBEnglishPsychiatryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainBrainNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2017-07-12T04:00:00ZKyla McDonald, MA, PhD (c);Tricia Williams, PhD, C Psych, ABPP-CN​​10.000000000000051.0000000000000775.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Find out how you can help your child cope with the challenges of a neurological condition and any related mental health issues.</p><p>Experiencing stress and juggling many responsibilities are a normal part of life, both for you and your child. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to manage the challenges of a child's <a href="/Article?contentid=1926&language=English">brain disorder and their related mental health issues</a>.</p><br><h2>What are some warning signs that my child is having trouble coping?</h2> <h3>Behaviour</h3> <ul> <li>As a toddler, your child's behaviour might be difficult to control.</li> <li>Your child might withdraw from family, friends or extracurricular activities that they once enjoyed.</li> <li>Your older child or youth may spend too much time on their studies at the expense of sleep or social time.</li> </ul> <h3>Thinking and learning</h3> <ul> <li>Your child might have poor attention and focus.</li> <li>Your child might have early learning difficulties in literacy or math or in understanding and keeping up with the pace of classes in higher grades.</li> </ul> <h3>Planning and organizing</h3> <ul> <li>Your child might complain of being overwhelmed by work at school or responsibilities.</li> <li>Your child might express increased frustration or irritability over homework.</li> <li>There may be difficulties in keeping up with deadlines and finishing assignments or tests.</li> <li>Your child might avoid doing work that they were previously able to do.</li> </ul> <h3>Physical health</h3> <ul> <li>Your child might complain more often about their physical health, such as stomach aches or <a href="/Article?contentid=29&language=English">headaches</a>.</li> </ul><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Some signs of your child's increased stress may be their frustration, statements like "I'm not good enough" or dislike of school.</li> <li>To help your child, encourage them to talk openly about their feelings about school or social stressors.</li> <li>To help your child manage their behaviour, offer specific praise for positive actions, set realistic expectations and help them get enough exercise, sleep and nutrition.</li> <li>Take time to speak to a mental health professional about your own parenting experiences.</li> <li>Consider getting an updated neuropsychological assessment at important transitions in your child's life (starting or finishing high school).</li> </ul><h2>How can I help my child cope? </h2><p>Some coping strategies require your child to manage their thoughts; others require your child to manage their behaviour.</p><h3>Coping strategies to manage thoughts</h3><p>Often children may have thoughts such as "I'm not good enough" or "I try my best and still fail". These types of thoughts lead to increased stress, poor mood and increased <a href="/Article?contentid=18&language=English">anxiety</a>. Another common tendency is to blame all their difficulties on their medical condition and feel hopeless.</p><p>In these different situations, some useful strategies include:</p><ul><li>helping your child see the quality of their learning instead of focusing on their grades or number of study hours</li><li>encouraging your child to take mental breaks from school work</li><li>encouraging your child, when they are older, to volunteer in their community or take up a co-operative education opportunity so they can practise their academic skills without the pressure of a test.</li></ul><h3>Coping strategies to manage behaviour</h3><p>You can help your child moderate, or adapt, their behaviour by:</p><ul><li>providing specific praise for desirable behaviour</li><li>redirecting or distracting a younger child from unwanted behaviour or coping skills</li><li>recognizing your child's emotions as real, no matter what causes them</li><li>remembering how hunger, loneliness and tiredness may affect your child's behaviour – and your own</li><li>setting realistic goals and expectations for your child based on their cognitive abilities as well as current mental health</li><li>breaking down work into manageable parts and helping your child or teen plan how to complete it</li><li>reviewing your child's individual education plan (IEP) with their school principal and teachers</li><li>agreeing on a set of goals about homework, assignments and how you can best help (some kids want parents to organize them and some may want more independence)</li><li>encouraging your child to take up a <a href="/Article?contentid=641&language=English">physical activity</a> they enjoy</li><li>ensuring your child gets <a href="/Article?contentid=646&language=English">enough sleep</a> each night</li><li>helping your child to get involved in social activities</li></ul><br><h2>Consulting with professionals</h2> <p>It is also important to consult with therapists or other mental health professionals as needed. You might find it helpful to talk to someone about your own experiences of parenting-related stress and coping skills. Caring for your own adult mental health sets a powerful example to your child and strengthens your ability to support them.</p> <p>Consider getting an updated neuropsychological assessment for recommendations specific to your child's developmental stage, for example as they enter the teen years and/or start high school. The assessment can also be therapeutic because the neuropsychologist is there to help your child recognize their strengths and abilities, address any negative coping thoughts and identify any issues such as <a href="/Article?contentid=19&language=English">depression</a> or <a href="/Article?contentid=18&language=English">anxiety</a>. </p><h2>Further information</h2> <p>For more information on brain disorders and related mental health challenges, please see the following pages:</p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1926&language=English">Brain disorders and mental health: Overview</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=2002&language=English">Brain disorders and mental health: Assessing your child for neuropsychological difficulties</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=2004&language=English">Brain disorders and mental health: Common treatments</a></p> <h2>Resources</h2> <p>The following books offer useful information about brain disorders and related mental health issues.</p> <p>Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2009). <em>Smart but Scattered. </em>New York, NY: The Guildford Press.</p> <p>Dawson, P. & Guare, R. (2010). <em>Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents</em>. New York, NY: The Guildford Press.</p> <p>Greene, R. W. (2014). <em>The Explosive Child.</em> New York, NY: HarperCollins.</p> <p>Guare, R. & Dawson, P. (2013). <em>Smart but Scattered TEENS. </em>New York, NY: The Guildford Press.</p> <p>Huebner, D. (2005). <em>What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety</em>. Magination Press.</p> <p>Siegel, D. J. (2013). <em>Brainstorm. </em>New York, NY: Penguin Group.</p> <p>Siegal, D. J. & Bryson, T. P. (2011). <em>The Whole Brain Child</em>. New York, NY: Random House.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/brain_disorders_and_mental_health_how_to_help_your_child_cope.jpgBrain disorders and mental health: How to help your child cope

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