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Emotional-Social-Behavioural Difficulty Assessment

Professional Social-emotional assessment

Q: What is Emotional-Social-Behavioural Difficulty?

  • Many children have experienced some form of emotional or physical trauma, but parents may not be aware of the true impact of this event on their child's emotions and thoughts.

  • Social-emotional assessments can be helpful for children who have been abused, neglected or have difficulty coping with challenging life experiences.

  • In these cases, the assessment will help to reveal the child's psychological response to the event and suggest supportive strategies to help them deal with their feelings and reduce their distress.

  • In addition, parents may wish to gain a deeper understanding of their child's personality in order to choose parenting strategies that are appropriate for their child. For example, many children do not know or cannot tell others how they are feeling, especially if they are in pain or uncomfortable.

  • Moreover, some children keep their feelings to themselves because they do not want to upset their parents or are afraid that their parents may not agree with them. Without realising it, children may express their distress through challenging behaviour or physical complaints such as stomach aches, fever, diarrhoea or vomiting.

  • If you are unsure of the extent of your child's emotional needs, a social-emotional assessment may help to clarify your concerns.

Q: Should I let my child to take the assessment?

  • A social-emotional assessment may be recommended if your child is experiencing any of the following problems

  1. Significant anxiety, fear, sadness or depression

  2. Difficulty in regulating emotions

  3. Anger, explosiveness, aggression, defiance of authority

  4. Poor self-esteem, negative perceptions of self and the world

  5. Behavioural problems, non-compliance, frequent conflict

  6. Difficulty in socialising with peers

  7. Conflicted sibling relationships

  8. A child has been the victim of bullying or abuse by peers or adults

  9. A child has experienced significant change or loss in their life. Divorce, emigration, illness or death in the family, birth of a sibling, loss of a pet... 

Q: How does the assessment of emotional-social-behavioural problems proceed? 

  1. Initial Intake Interview with the psychologist (120 mins-180mins): A comprehensive background information is gathered through an interview with the client and, in the case of children, with the parents. The psychologist will interview the child and carry out an assessment and information gathering through activities (depending on the age and psychological state of the child).

  2. Emotional-Social-Behavioural scale / checklists will be conducted (the scales will be completed separately by the child and the parents)

  3. Results & feedback: interpretation of findings, providing advice and the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have with the psychologist. You will also receive a formal report containing this information. (50 mins)