I got an email today from a concerned mother who lives in Texas. Her 6 year old daughter is not getting along well with kids in school although she has no trouble with English or with academics.
After a long description of her daughter’s encounters with other children it is apparent to me that she could benefit from consulting with a therapist. But this is a taboo topic in the Latino community and many parents who notice that their children are having difficulties, don’t take the necessary steps to get them all the help they need.
If your goal is to have a happy and healthy child, that includes his or her mental and emotional health. Asking for a professional opinion at the right time may avoid years of difficulties in the future.
You may go to the American Psychoanalytic Association: www.apsa.org, click on “find an analyst” and then enter your city, state and zip code to find a list of professionals in your area. You can call and find out if they specialize in children and then set up an appointment.
Very often kids only need a few sessions to get over whatever problems they may be experiencing.