Keep Calm and Carry on with Kid Clients

Children seem to be born knowing how to push adults’ buttons. This is frustrating enough as a parent, but can feel doubly so as a speech language therapist.

Children who come to you for help are often stymied and frustrated by their limited verbal communication skills. Unfortunately, these same clinicians make excellent targets for this juvenile frustration.

A recent article on Advance Healthcare Network addressed how to work around this.

“When the child starts pushing buttons and attempting to push boundaries, we should try to show very little emotion and especially not show uncertainty in that situation.

“Can you feel scared, uncertain of what to do next, and feel like things are falling apart? Of course, just so long as you don’t allow it to show to the parent and child. Always remember these kiddos are struggling, not able to talk and express themselves as we can. So they do so through crying, hitting and possibly even in a worse way, such a nice chomp of razor sharp teeth on your arm.

“The best way to avoid an escalating situation…[is] by saying “I’m sorry you are sad. Just show me when you are ready to play,” and then give them space. Trying to talk the child through it or change their mind may only serve to escalate the behavior.”

This is easier said than done, we know. If you would like to bolster your kid-coping skills through some speech language therapist continuing education classes, please visit CEU Market.



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