Every parent harbours a dream of their child flourishing and realising their true potential in academicsand having a holistic development. This mindset often fuels unreasonable expectations whichputs additional onus on children to meetparentaldemands,as well asthe requirements of the school. Living up tothese expectations and the pressure of performing at optimal level will only marthe child’s physical and mental health when not given adequate support and encouragement. Thereby necessitating the need for knowing the child’s true capabilities before setting such high standards.
Every child is gifted in their own way and has a specific level of functioning. Some children fare well in academics but few others may find it gruelling to keep pace with fellow students in terms of performing consistently. Parents play a vital role in identifying problem areas of the child and motivate them to fare better.
When there is a delay in identifying learning difficulties in children, it often makes them feel inadequate and causes children to develop the tendency of regarding themselves a failure and also question their capability of achieving their dreams. This can lead to emotional conflicts such as low self-esteem, frustrations and can lead to poor peer relationship. Adding to this, family discord and school stress could also cause children to develop behavioural issues which if left unnoticed could interfere in their everyday functioning.
Children with certain special needs such as Autism, Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), neurological based learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, show behavioural and learning issues that require more specialized help. Hence parents ofchildren withspecial needs would benefit from being counselled about their child’s condition as this would help them understand the child’s needsin a better manner and thereby help them function independently and more effectively.
Parents need to be proactive and seek counselling which would enable them to understand their child’s problem at a deeper level, realise the importance of not burdening the child with unrealistic expectations and learn the required skills to help the child cope effectively.

Behavioural therapy

Children can develop undesirable behavioural patterns as a result of various reasons such as, faulty parenting styles, family discordandstress at school. This can sometimes interfere with their daily functioning hence it needs to be identified and dealt with effectively. Parents may also find it difficult to manage the behavioural issues of children with some special needs such as Autism, Intellectual Disability, ADHD and other such conditions.
Behavioural therapy is a therapeutic intervention that aims to rectify behavioural issues. On the basis of problems reported by the parents, efforts are made to gain a deeper understanding of the child’s behavioural issues. The therapist identifies various triggering factors and counsels the parentsin order to help them become aware of these, as well as bring about required changes in their parenting styles and home environment, if needed. Based on, one to one sessions with the child, the therapist accordingly then employs behavioural techniques to bring about desirable changes in the behaviour of the child.
Jessline Williams, Counsellor and Therapist, with her acquired knowledge, experience and earnest desire to help children with the above difficulties, assures you of her best effort to renew their confidence, help them to cope with their challenges and perform well in academic and personal life.

Remedial Therapy

When a child’s academic underachievement cannot be sufficiently justified by factors such as school and family related stress, it could then be the result of a learning difficulty which is of a neurological basis. Children with such a condition when compared to their peers show greater difficulty in reading (Dyslexia) , writing (Dysgraphia)  and in mathematics (Dyscalculia). They may also sometimes suffer with other related conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(hyperactivity, distractedness, impulsiveness)
and behavioural issues
which needs to be dealt with separately from the child’s learning difficulty.
Remedial therapy is a therapeutic intervention that is designed to address these school related issues and learning difficulty in children. Efforts are made to identify methods that are best suited for each child and there is usage of varied teaching aides and also techniques that help them perform at their optimal level. There is usage of creative and interesting ways to help children understand concepts and adapt study skills which will enable them to fare better in school.
 Focus is also laid on improving areas which will aid better performance such as improvingthe child’s attention, concentration and comprehension skills. Adding to this, parents are also given home based interventions to bring about further improvement in the child.