Why only the yearly physical?
Most people immediately respond when they see their child physically hurt or injured. What parent doesn’t rush to put a band-aid on their child’s wound or tend carefully to their child’s fever?
Nonetheless, while we carefully monitor our children’s physical health, the realm of mental health is often swept under the rug.
One out of five school-aged children have a mental health problem; many more have underlying thoughts or behaviors that, if caught early, could ward off future problems.
A mental health checkup identifies issues that a pediatrician may miss. It provides a holistic picture of what’s going on in your child’s internal and external world by identifying their strengths and struggles.
Often it is the case that children become adept at masking their internal difficulties; our aim in a therapeutic check-up is to try and detect any issues that might be hidden from plain view, buried in the day-to-day of your busy life and routines.
A mental health professional will get to know your family and child through an age-appropriate informal interview. The clinician will ask about your child’s social, academic, and family life and may utilize diagnostic instruments.
You will leave the checkup having a better understanding of your child’s mental health resiliency, vulnerabilities, and treatment recommendations, if necessary.