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Stress and Your Child Sioux Falls SD

Stress affects children differently as they grow. Preschool children often suffer stress because of situations that arise at home or in daycare, abrupt changes in the family structure or alterations to their daily routines. For grade school children, stress can be linked to a desire to please parents, teachers, and coaches. This age group can also be adversely affected by school and their new found social life.

Linda K Mabee
(605) 334-7713
Sioux Falls, SD
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Lyn Collver
(605) 373-9066
Sioux Falls, SD
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Corrections/Offenders, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Price, Thomas L. PhD
(605) 373-9066
3710 S Kiwanis Ave, Si
Sioux Falls, SD
 
Nicole McMillin
(605) 367-4821
Sioux Falls, SD
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Career Development, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kalie Klein
Worthing, SD
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified School Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Vollmer, James A. LPC
(605) 322-5700
1000 East 21st Street
Sioux Falls, SD
 
Mary Guth
(605) 322-4077
Sioux Falls, SD
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Dr. Roger C. Hartman, Licensed Psychologist
(605) 330-0341
Psychology Associates,2900 E. 26th Street, Suite 306
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Gay Lesbian Issues,Impulse Control Disorders,Loss or Grief,OCD,Relationship Issues,Spirituality
Education
Doctorate in Counseling PsychologyMasters in Psychology and Theology
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Psychology Associates, Inc.

Linda Richardson
(605) 766-8510
Sioux Falls, SD
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Dawn Williams
Four C's Counseling, LLC
(605) 342-8552
2218 Jackson Blvd. Suite 12
Rapid City, SD
Credentials
Credentials: MS,LSW, LPC
Licensed in South Dakota
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Sexual Abuse/Rape, S
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Stress and Your Child
By Caron B. Goode 
Email kygardner@verizon.net
Mar 28, 2006, 20:47
   

For many people the words childhood and carefree are interchangeable. Lazy summer days, best friends, and Friday night pizza parties are the stuff childhood memories are made of. Unfortunately, so is stress. Stress, the overwhelming feeling of self-doubt in one s ability to cope, has become as much a part of childhood as Little League.

As society in general, and parents in particular, experience greater levels of stress, so do our children. For many adults, stress is commonplace and easily identifiable, but for children it can be foreign and frightening. Feelings of sadness, anger, and hopelessness are not part of a typical child s day. Therefore when stressed, they become confused and require help shifting through these feelings.

Stress Through the Stages

Stress affects children differently as they grow. Preschool children often suffer stress because of situations that arise at home or in daycare, abrupt changes in the family structure or alterations to their daily routines. For grade school children, stress can be linked to a desire to please parents, teachers, and coaches. This age group can also be adversely affected by school and their new found social life. These types of stressors also have an impact on preteens and teens, as does dating and the academic pressure related to college admissions.

As with adults, children have unique reactions to stress depending on their personalities and predispositions. Some children act out while others become withdrawn. Some have nightmares, and some exhibit physical symptoms such as stomach aches. Therefore, the first step any parent must take towards helping their child manage stress, is to identify it.

Elementary Age Children: Children, ages four to eleven, are constantly changing, developing, and trying new behaviors. This makes it somewhat difficult, but not impossible, for parents to pinpoint stress. When children in this age group are experiencing stress they may react by:

- Withdrawing
- Crying Frequently
- Feeling Unloved
- Worrying Persistently
- Losing Trust
- Missing School
- Ignoring Friendships
- Complaining of Headaches
- Complaining of Stomach Aches
- Urinating Frequently
- Not Sleeping
- Not Eating

Preteens and Teens: This group of children, ages eleven through eighteen, is plagued with a variety of growing pains. No longer children, but not quite teens, this group is noted for its rebellious nature, mood swings, and desire for privacy. These characteristics are often confusing to parents and mock stress. Careful attention should be paid to these children because when additional stressors compound the stress associated with puberty, the results can be overwhelming. Adolescents and preteens react to stress with:
- Prolonged anger
- Low self-esteem
- Extreme behavior
- Reb...

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