The bond between a child and his or her parents is critical for determining future relationships. Without a healthy, reciprocally loving relationship between a child and his mother, all future relationships can be in jeopardy. The cornerstone of a child’s conscience is when he or she wants to please the parent by being affectionate, respectful, and obedient. Too often, emotionally wounded children with bonding and attachment challenges are on “survival mode” which means they might lie, steal, be aggressive (to others and self), and/or act out in other ways that often creates serious stress and endangerment for parents and families. A psychological, personality, behavioral, educational, and bonding assessment of a child typically include standardized normed tests that reflect how a child’s feelings and behavior compares to others his or her age in similar circumstances.
Based upon the test results, specific behavioral, cognitive, and experiential intervention strategies are then recommended to the parents that are designed to a). quickly stop their child’s destructive behavior; b). identify and resolve the underlying source of the child’s sadness and anger; and, c). cultivate appropriate and healthy behavior actions that will not only elicit positive responses from parents but will enhance a child’s self-image.