A child psychologist – in contrary to it’s name – works not only with children, but also with their parents and the child’s environment. A psychologist is a person who assesses the development of the child and the functioning of the family. During the assessment, an interview with the parent is important, often examining parental attitudes – considering the problem from the perspective of the environment in which the child functions. When assessing a child’s development, it is worth paying attention to social competences, physical fitness, behaviour, play, emotions, bond with the parent, concentration of attention, functioning of the senses, speech and communication. The examination is usually functional and takes the form of play (as is possible subsequent therapy). A thorough analysis of the reported problem, assessment of the child’s and family’s behavior allows us to help parents and solve difficulties.
What problems can parents report? These may be problems related to sleep, eating, adaptation, disturbing behavior (delay or regression in the development of individual functions), experiencing fears, difficulties in establishing relationships, behaviors indicating a disease entity, as well as various random events, traumas and many, many more.