Parents and Children - What issues can arise?

What issues can arise?


Determining whether an issue is of clinical concern is very much dependent on what is expected of a child at each stage of development. As children grow, learn and adjust, the concerns that they may display can vary - some may be normal for certain ages and others may need a little extra help.


Birth, babies and toddlers

Some children and families can use some extra support from the beginning:

  • Coping with a traumatic birth
  • Settling new babies
  • Establishing sleep
  • Developmental Delays and Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Concerns
  • Tantrums and naughtiness
  • Toileting issues
  • School readiness

School age children

Once at school, children may need to learn ways to deal with:

  • Anxiety and worry
  • Fears and phobias
  • Sadness and withdrawal
  • School avoidance
  • Friendships and getting along skills
  • Bullying
  • Anger
  • Coping with hospitalisation

Teenage years

Into the teen years, children can sometimes use some extra help with:

  • Friendships and Assertion
  • Overcoming problems with perfectionism
  • Eating and body image problems
  • Painful teen conflict and anger
  • Mood problems
  • School or exam stress
  • Emerging sexuality and relationship issues
  • Self harm
  • Offending issues or trouble with the Law

Any point in a childs life

Then there are some problems that can arise at any point in a child’s life:

  • Loss of a parent or other family member
  • Health problems or hospitalisation
  • An acquired brain injury (ABI)
  • Having a parent with mental health problems
  • Family break down or step family issues
  • Family violence
  • Events such as accidents, storms, fires or drought