Mental Health programs for youth
Young people that have a low tolerance to sensory input can also struggle with demands placed upon them by teachers or parents. Over the course of the day a person may build up emotions until they get too big and they need to be released. This release may take the form of socially challenging behaviour eg shouting, hitting out at others, self, harm or destroying property or temper tantrums. All behaviour is communication and by reacting this way the young person is using the most efficient tequnique, with the least resistance, to gain what they believe to be the best outcome for them selves. What a young person wants for themselves is not always what is best for them. Adaptions in parenting style and consistency between the therapist and home life is the key to success with these difficulties.
Sensory Hypersensitivity, and defensiveness can be very uncomfortable/ painful for a young person and cause a fight or flight response. Here at HOPE we treat both the sensory difficulties and the leaned behaviour in order to adapt a behaviour and create new pathways within the brain via neuroplasticity.
The Self-Esteem Program
The Self-Esteem Program helps young people to learn more about themselves and others which in turn can make life happier and more settled.
You can expect to learn about how to increase self-esteem and feel better about yourself. This will also help you to improve your self-confidence.
You can expect to learn about how to change behaviour, understand emotions and to form good habits. This will all help you to communicate how to feel better and help others to understand what helps you.
This programme requires trying the exercises in real life as well as during therapy time.
Self Regulation/ Emotional literacy programme
This programme aims to help young people learn about there emotions. Why you have emotions, how to recognise them, what to do with them, and how to share emotions with others. You will be able to find ways which will help you to deal with emotions and learn about the way you think and behave this also includes Interoception screening and intervention.
Interoception screening and intervention can help a young person to sense internal signals from inside the body and understanding what these signals mean. Therapy then requires linking somatic markers with these emotions. Somatic states (markers) are the biological ingredients of emotional signals which we know as “gut feelings” or “intuition”. These states attach value to given options or scenarios and mark them as having positive or negative consequences in the future. Our body/mind emotional signals or somatic markers function as covert or overt biases for guiding future decisions/ actions.
Social Emotional Difficulties
This programme helps with social and emotional difficulties by providing them with the coping mechanisms they require. We can help in many different ways using many different approaches and frame work. Our goal is to help young people to participate in daily activities and live as independently as possible.
We have a large ‘toolbox’ and can use various approaches and pathways based on the young persons needs.
Unlike a physical illness, social emotional difficulties can be difficult to identify but young people can feel just as bad. Social emotional difficulties can affect your mood, thinking and behaviour causing difficulties such as depression and anxiety.