Welcome to A Child in Mind!Posted: August 10, 2012
No matter what day it is, I always have A Child in Mind … one returning today, one who visited yesterday, one whose words still circle through my thoughts, one whose message will only unfold to me a few days from now. Every day, I am a student of the young children who entrust their hearts to me. And it is one fascinating, demanding class! My office playroom is the classroom in which I will spend my career, criss-cross applesauce.
I am Dr. Beth Onufrak, a clinical child psychologist in private practice. Young children are my exclusive service population, ages 3-8. These are my reflections upon what children reveal in the course of a clinical day. Children’s inner needs, worries, wishes, contemplations – are all wrapped up in “behavior.” Behavior can express or obscure these inner feelings and needs. This blog presents the lessons children teach me about what they feel, need, and do. It adds research findings that guide my work. My aim is to help parents, teachers, caregivers, and pediatric professionals interpret child needs and respond with solutions.