Friday, April 24, 2015

The Impact of Developmental Disorders on Family Systems

Symptoms of Developmental Disorders

■ Aggression and perhaps violence o Work with family on behavioral issues, reinforcing appropriate behaviors.
o Work with family on parental coping skills with difficult situations.

■ Alienation of parents, caregivers and authorities o Educate family on the symptoms of disorders and what to take as a symptom rather than a person attack.
o Processing how to handle isolation moments, what the client shares as input on how they would like to b addressed or left alone until ready to return to family participation.

■ Antisocial attitudes and actions o Insight and reality therapy with clients on what impact their behaviors have on the family- natural consequences.
o Make sure family has consistent discipline for inappropriate behaviors.

■ Behavioral and learning problems at school o Encourage family to be in close communication with school figures to prioritize school goals and continue strengths.

■ Cannot express trust, intimacy and affection o Educate clients on the realities of the disorder and behavioral symptoms.
o Work with families to process feelings in regard to having a loved family member who has not yet developed these essentials of relational interaction.

■ Lacks empathy, compassion and remorse o Parenting skills enhanced to encourage the education and modeling of these skills in the home to promote it within the client.

■ Needy and clingy, or pretends independence o Behavioral methods encouraged by all family members to make sure enabling is minimized and support for growth is promoted.

■ Withdrawal and perhaps depression or psychosis o Work with family to ensure the therapy treatment and medications are attended to.