Trauma

Trauma seems to be one of those ‘buzzwords’ that are thrown around without thinking. Everything is claimed to be traumatic, from having a teacher call on you in class to having to find a car park. On the other end of the scale, people see trauma as a catastrophic event that will only happen to…

Self Esteem

Self-esteem is the shield we send our children out into the world with. It is liking themselves and feeling like they have a place in the world where they belong. Self-esteem is about acknowledging your strengths and accepting your weaknesses. Self-esteem builds resilience and helps children cope with day to day problems and disappointments. Children…

Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) or High Functioning Autism (HFA) are disorders that fall along the Autism continuum. Many professionals believe that AS is different to Autism in that there is little to no intellectual disability and in fact some children with AS show a higher than average intellect. Social communication is affected, as children with AS…

Parental Divorce

Separation and divorce is a stressful even for children. Sometimes in the storm of adult emotions, children’s needs fall through the cracks. Children may display their grief as sadness or anger, they may blame themselves, they may feel abandoned and insecure and their behavior may change drastically. The age of the child will contribute to…

Anger Management

We all feel angry from time to time. Since we were toddlers, anger has been a normal response to frustration, disappointment and stress. Anger can be a useful emotion; it can help us overcome problems and achieve goals. It can provide motivation and when expressed positively help us assert ourselves. As children mature, they learn…

Child Psychology

Margaret McDonald Clinical Psychologist can help children to cope better socially, emotionally and academically at school. Parents may also need assistance with guiding their children during their growing years. Anxiety Autistim Spectrum Disorder Asperger’s Syndrome Depression Parental Divorce/Separation Anger Management Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD Behavioural Problems Behavioural Management Parenting Issues Bullying Self Esteem Social…

BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS

Children with behavioural problems are often seen as ‘naughty’ or ‘out of control’. They are often quick to anger; they argue with adults and won’t do as they are told. They may provoke other children and adults or use physical aggression to get their own way. They are prone to temper tantrums and are quick…