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I’ve had many requests for a post about human psychology lately, especially from parents concerning their children and how to deal with certain, real-life situations.

I’ve asked a friend of mine, who’s wife knows psychology, to give us some tips and scenarios.

Please enjoy and let me know how these tips affected your day to day interaction.

 

Like music, psychology is considered an art. While psychology is categorized as a science, it is mostly seen and recognized as a therapeutic art. Below, I have listed some scenario examples, of how psychology, would most likely respond to real-life situations.

 

Scenario: Father is concerned about son playing with dolls.

 

Approach: Inquire about age of son, in order to determine if this behavior is age appropriate. It is not unusual for children to enter into a discovery phase, or play with toys most commonly used by the opposite sex, as children visualize this as a mere act of play. Furthermore, a child between the ages of 2 and 7 years old, is in a preoperational stage, where identity is still under development.

 

The behavior exhibited by the child, may be normal and age appropriate. Further information and details may be needed, in order to gather a more appropriate and personalized response.

 

Scenario: Mother is concerned that her home-schooled children, may be developing at a lower pace, or missing out on social interaction with other children of proximal age.

 

Approach: The comparison of home-schooled children vs children who receive education at a school, is greatly dependent on each child. This is a scenario where the situation must be evaluated on a case by case basis, and is dependent on the quality of home instruction, assessment on whether or not the physical and creative needs of the child are met, and an assessment on the child’s interaction with the outside world as well as with children of proximal age.

 

There have been numerous cases where home schooled children are very successful, and are at a much higher educational level than those who attend school. Some parents also incorporate field trips, and physical education as part of them at-home curriculum. In an effort to better target this scenario, the parent is encouraged to seek professional guidance from a psychologist or healthcare provider, who will be able to assess and determine whether or not the child is developing appropriately for their age.

 

Scenario: A play group with infants ranging from 6 to 12 months old. After listening to other parents talk about their babies, a mother is concerned on whether or not her child is developing in time and in accordance with developmental standards.

 

Approach: It is not uncommon for parents to share stories of the success of their children, regardless of the child’s age. It is important to understand that each child develops differently, and that many factors may contribute to the speed of development (age, siblings, genetics, etc.)

 

There are many guidelines that provide parents with a general idea of the milestones that children of all ages should be accomplishing. Generally, a yearly physical checks up with the pediatrician, will cover these checklists and allow further assessment of development. If the parent feels that their child is significantly behind in reaching these milestones, further testing such as speech, motor-sensory, and cognitive evaluations, are available to families.

 

Through proper therapy, many dilemmas are able to be resolved. Psychology, uses counseling, play groups, art therapy, and pet therapy, amongst other methods, to improve delays or issues with children, young adults, and elders

These tips have been provided by my friend Tom and his wife Clare. Clare works as a part time teacher (she’s gotta know psychology) and Tom is an owner of a tree removal company in Virginia Beach.

To be honest, out of all the business owners I know, Tom is the most hard working one.

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