YouthZone holds workshop on dealing with difficult children
As a parent, teacher, bus driver, coach or even trained professional, there often walks into your life a child that takes you to the point of complete physical and emotional exhaustion. You come to your own personal conclusion that the child is “beyond love and logic.” You find yourself filled with fear, frustration, hurt and even a sense of guilt and shame, wondering “where you went wrong” or “what you might have done differently to reach the child.” It’s not that these children can’t be reached; it’s that there are different methods that work to make them successful.The disruptive and/or emotionally disturbed child exhibits a wide range of symptoms. Behaviors may include problems in school, impulsivity, lying, disruptive and defiant behaviors, moodiness, inattentiveness, “hanging around with the wrong crowd,” harming younger children or animals, inability to develop healthy relationships, manipulation, lacking a conscience and having general disregard for other people’s feelings and property. Parents often describe their child’s behavior as going beyond “normal” childhood or adolescent behavior and progressively getting worse over time. There is rarely a single “cause” to this complex individual and family dynamic, nor are the youth’s problems likely to be based solely on income level or family-living arrangements (i.e., two-parent, single-parent, extended-family, foster-care or adoptive family households). Many of these children over time are diagnosed as having any combination of issues such as ADD/ADHD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, ODD, OCD, PTSD, CD, bipolar, depression or low self-esteem. Research indicates many of these behaviors and disorders actually indicate more serious neurological distortions and disregulations. These distortions and disregulations, if left unchecked, can and do escalate in intensity and frequency over time on a continuum of severity. Unfortunately, for those working with disruptive or emotionally disturbed children, it seems that the more they try to find solutions and relief, the more it all begins to sound like alphabet soup and the less effective they become.On March 15-16, YouthZone will sponsor a two-day workshop titled “When Love Is Not Enough.” It will be held in the Garfield County Courthouse Community Room from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This workshop is ideal for anyone working with children.The workshop focuses on the symptoms of disruptive and emotionally disturbed children, the psychosocial and neurological causes and developmental effects, and success strategies for dealing with these children. The workshop will be presented by Nancy Thomas, who is highly regarded for her success rate in working with challenging children. She has worked with more than 1,500 seriously disturbed children and trained more than 30,000 professionals and parents over the last 20 years. For more information, contact YouthZone at 945-9300.Jaclyn Gisburne is the director of external funding and program development at YouthZone.
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