How Divorce Impacts Infants and Toddlers

 

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Mental health professional Dr. Miriam Galindo serves as an approved child custody evaluator, licensed social worker, and psychologist in Irvine, California. Dr. Miriam Galindo largely focuses her work on families involved in divorce cases.

Although infants and toddlers are unable to understand divorce, they are still affected by it due to their ability to perceive changes within their environments. In most cases, toddlers can see that one parent is no longer present, but the children do not understand why that parent has left.

Toddlers can also pick up on the stress, tension, and behavioral changes exhibited by their parents. As a result, toddlers may become aggressive, anxious, or develop separation anxiety and act out more often.

Meanwhile, infants pick up on the emotional and behavioral changes of their parents, but infants are unable to understand why the conflict exists. Infants frequently start mirroring the behavior of their parents and may become fussier than normal or less interested in people and things. Many infants develop stranger anxiety around the parent they see less often, and some may feel a sense of abandonment, especially when they are separated from their primary caregiver.

Helping Children Cope with Divorce

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For more than 20 years, Miriam Galindo has served as a licensed social worker and psychologist in California. Currently working in private practice, Miriam Galindo handles a wide variety of child psychology matters that relate to high-conflict divorce cases from the Orange County Superior Court.

Divorce is a challenging situation for both parents and children. A few things parents can do to help their children cope during the process include:

Planning alternatives. Some parents never have a problem with the other parent not showing up to see the child. To prevent a child from feeling let down when this happens, consider planning alternative activities. If an ex doesn’t call or arrive within a specific amount of time, parents can take their kids to the mall or to a different special activity.

Legitimizing their feelings. During the divorce process, most children are going to experience a wide range of feelings. Rather than ignoring these feeling or trying to make the feelings go away, parents should ensure their children know that their feelings are valid. Further, parents should encourage their children to let out their feelings.

Keeping themselves healthy. Children are often extremely adept at picking up on their parents’ feelings. Due to this, parents should manage their stress and keep themselves as emotionally healthy as possible. This ensures parents are capable of providing their children with plenty of care and support during a divorce.

The AFCC Task Force on Guidelines for Court-Involved Therapy

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Successful psychologist Miriam Galindo provides family, child, co-parenting, and reunification therapy services to patients in California. Possessing more than 20 years of experience, she has completed dozens of hours of continuing education and is a diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Forensic Social Workers. Dr. Miriam Galindo also belongs to the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).

As part of its work to provide policymakers, researchers, and practitioners in the family court arena with resources and education, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts maintains the AFCC Task Force on Guidelines for Court-Involved Therapy. This task force was established in 2008 and operates under the organization’s Center for Excellence in Family Court Practice, a group consisting of numerous initiatives resulting from AFCC collaboration and task force efforts.

The AFCC Task Force on Guidelines for Court-Involved Therapy produces a set of guidelines to help AFCC members and other professionals, including attorneys and judicial officers, provide families and children with court-involved treatment services. These guidelines not only help those relying on mental health services receive effective treatment, they also assist courts in the development of effective parenting plans and court orders. Thanks to the standards laid out by these guidelines, the AFCC hopes to improve research, education, and practices when it comes to handling court-involved families.

Managing a Child’s Aggressive Behavior

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California resident Dr. Miriam Galindo serves as a private practice psychologist and licensed social worker. Serving families and children who are at-risk, she provides co-parenting and reunification therapy services, along with art and play therapy for children. Over the years, Miriam Galindo has helped families manage such childhood problems as aggression.

Although everyone feels anger sometimes, children can struggle with controlling these emotions. As a result, they display their anger through aggressive behaviors, such as biting and kicking. Below are a few ways parents can manage their child’s aggressive behavior:

Be firm and consistent – As children age, they must be taught that some behavior is acceptable and some is not. Whenever a child behaves aggressively, adults must reprimand the child immediately and explain to them why their behavior is wrong. Further, adults must remain consistent when it comes to deciding when and what to say to scold a child.

Remove children from the situation – Certain situations may produce aggressive behaviors, such as refusing to buy a child candy or sweet cereal at the grocery store. In these situations, adults should tell their child that they have to alter their behavior or they will have to leave the environment. Assuming the child does not stop, they should be removed from the situation to help them control their emotions.

Teach them alternative ways to handle anger – Instead of using their bodies to express anger, children should be taught alternative methods for channeling their emotions. Each time a child opts for nonviolent behavior, adults should praise them. Further, children should be shown that conflicts in the home are resolved peacefully to help them understand that violence and aggression is not needed.

The 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Event in Irvine, California

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An alumna of the Trinity College of Graduate Studies, Dr. Miriam Galindo practices as a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical psychologist in Irvine, California. Alongside her work with families and children, Dr. Miriam Galindo supports the Alzheimer’s Association (AA).

Listed as one of best nonprofits for which to work by The NonProfit Times for eight consecutive years, AA is the leading organization of its kind. It strives to provide the best care and resources available to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.

As a cure for the memory loss disease remains undiscovered, AA hosts regular events to raise funds for research, including the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Organizers plan these walks on an annual basis in numerous cities across the United States, and the next event in Irvine, California, will take place on September 30.

Participants will convene at Orange County Great Park to help hit the funding goal of $165,000. Individuals can join a team or create one of their own for the two-mile walk. For more information, visit www.alz.org.

Helping the Children of Veterans Suffering from PTSD

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Leveraging a PhD in psychology from the Trinity College of Graduate Studies, and a master’s degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach, Dr. Miriam Galindo founded her private practice in Irvine, California, in 2004. In her role as a licensed social worker, Dr. Miriam Galindo focuses on therapies designed specifically to help young children in traumatic situations who are at risk, such as play and art therapy.

Research has shown that the children of Veterans with PTSD have an increased risk for behavioral, and interpersonal, and academic problems. Understanding the effects of PTSD on children can be a critical part of treatment and can positively impact how families cope with difficult situations. Common PTSD symptoms include re-experiencing traumatic events, avoiding people and places to the point of isolation, and high anxiety levels, which manifest as difficulty sleeping, being easily startled, and extreme irritability.

Children who witness these events and symptoms tend to respond to a parent’s PTSD symptoms in specific ways. They can over-identify and begin to mimic the feelings and behaviors of the parent, they can act as the rescuer by filling in for the parent and taking on the adult role, or they can become emotionally uninvolved, leading to issues at school, anxiety, and depression.

Helping Children through Art Therapy and Play Therapy

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Clinical psychologist and social worker Dr. Miriam Galindo operates a private practice in Irvine, California, where she assists families facing difficult circumstances. Dr. Miriam Galindo helps children process and recover from troubling events through the use of art therapy and play therapy.

Two types of therapy for people of all ages, particularly young children, art therapy and play therapy incorporate the professional standards of counseling with the use of play, imagination, and creativity to help children express, process, cope with, and heal from difficult experiences.

In art therapy, children are encouraged to express themselves and their experiences through the creation of art projects with the guidance of a professional trained in the arts. Through play therapy, children play and use their imaginations to share tough experiences and work through them while being guided by a mental health professional. The two forms of therapy are often used together.