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What to do when a parent wants therapy but a child does not?
Ask yourself: What's the root of the problem?
Thinking about what the child's concerns are and helping to alleviate them can be a big step forward.
Talk about it in a different way
Present therapy in a new light! For example:
“Mommy and daddy noticed that sometimes your words are getting stuck. We love you and we found someone who knows a lot about kids whose words get stuck and we want to get some help, some tips, some advice on how we can do the best we can for you. Would you like to come?”
3. Respect them
As they get older, they start to own shares of their life. Allow the child's voice to be heard, even if it's not what we wish to hear.
Now how about this...
‘How do you work with children who might not want to be in therapy?’
1. Learn what's troubling them
If a child is going through something significant in their life, like a stutter, learn what it is and what it's not. Let them know help exists.
2. Give them an invitation
Give a child an opportunity and an invitation. It can be helpful to present therapy as a project: “Would you be interested in a little project? We'll meet for three times and learn a little bit more about this whole speech thing.”