5-7 year olds
Psychology for 5, 6 and 7 Years Old
Results from the Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, conducted in 2013-14 by the Telethon Kids Institute at The University of Western Australia found:
- Most children have positive mental health and show no signs of mental health difficulties.
- However, for children aged 4-11, the survey found that almost one in seven Australian children had a mental health concern, with anxiety (6.9%) and ADHD (8.2%) being the most common. This overall statistic is consistent with the results of the survey conducted in 1998.
- This finding highlights the importance of raising awareness of the signs of mental health disorders in children and promoting early help-seeking strategies.
- Fears and worries
- Low mood
- Friendship issues
- School avoidance
- Grief and loss
- Resilience – takes time to bounce back from setbacks
- Sleep issues (e.g. difficulty falling asleep, waking a lot, nightmares)
- Separation issues
- Difficulty making friends/poor peer-relationships
- Problems with transition to school, or from one year to another
- Separation anxiety
- Behaviour problems and disorders (e.g. ADHD)
- Specialist behaviour management planning
- Low self esteem
- Well-being issues
- Mental health concerns (e.g. low mood)
- Family relationship issues