Joane Goulding

Repetitive Behaviour – Anger – Sibling Rivalry

Consultant Feedback: “This young man is aged 7, dealing with high levels of anxiety which manifested in repetitive behaviour and extreme sibling rivalry. His anxiety was compounded when unable to deal with high expectations that he would be interested and excel in sports. In addition, there were a number of younger siblings within the family all competing for their parent’s attention. As a result, high levels of tension and anxiety were major issues within the household.

After explaining and sharing all aspects of the process to the parents, it was agreed that they would be committed and compliant in ensuring presentation of the process each evening. That they would be consistent in presenting to all the siblings as requested and as the consultant, I checked with the family on a regular base via text and email.

Feedback: ‘C’ is now tying shoelaces (previously couldn’t and become frustrated easily). He is initiating activities like wanting to paint, writing comic and designed a lemonade stand. Significantly increased is his interest in playing the piano (previously rejected lessons) and his confidence when approaching kids in the park to initiate a conversation. ‘C’ got asked and accepted a playdate for the first time (previously shy).

‘C’ is more affectionate with his dad and able to access his own strategies when angry. For example: Stating: “I need a minute”, or taking deep breaths, or a glass of water. There has been a huge increase in his self-esteem, he now talks about the future, how good he is and has even communicated and written to his favourite author. When spending time at the park ‘C’ actually committed to long stretches of kick to kick; he wasn’t any good at it, but the point is, he did it for like 20 minutes without complaining of fatigue.

The end result: ‘C’ is presenting as a different boy and when discussing the changes with his parents, mum had a cry reflecting on those positive changes. There is now no clicking or repetitive behaviours, he is noticeably happy and is finding more time to be reflective and conversational. ‘C’ will happily read alone; for stretches of time.

Conclusion: Parents have commented that their big boy is now quite a calm happy kid and that they intend to continue the process to ensure a harmonious family. ‘C’ can now be on a ‘maintenance’ process, to ensure the changes are consolidated.”

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