Every parent hopes to raise happy children that grow up and lead independent, healthy lives. But, life’s challenges sometimes make this more difficult. Fortunately, there are many different services and resources designed to guide parents along that child-rearing journey through difficult behavioral health issues that arise as a result of a variety of circumstances.
Read our list of five great podcasts with insights from child behavioral experts, parent testimonials, and more.
1. This is Normal
As part of USA Today Network’s Kids in Crisis series, this podcast invites youth people to share their struggles with mental health, and how they overcame them. This ‘for youth, by youth’ podcast offers an authentic look into the real struggles of young people, which can help others in similar situations, to feel empowered.
2. Child In Mind
This podcast was produced by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, which focuses on making mental health services effective and accessible for UK children and families. With episodes focused on topics like help for children with ADHD and how trauma affects the young brain, listeners can find useful information that can help a child dealing with behavioral issues.
3. Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) Podcast
With so much information about youth mental health and development, and most of it verbose, it’s easy to get too overwhelmed to take it all in. This podcast aims to bridge the gap between academic studies and research, by discussing ways to put them into practice with experts.
4. The Behavioral Observations Podcast
Though not limited to one set demographic, this podcast regularly covers severe behavioral issues as they relate to youth, hosted by Matt Cicora and featuring topics discussed at length with behavioral analysts. Such topics include potential treatment for “aggression and self-injurious behavior,” as well as how to get kids more involved in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for children with autism.
5. inSocialWork Podcast Series
The University of Buffalo’s School of Social Work has a podcast series, inSocialWork, that covers a range of topics that social workers commonly encounter in their careers, often including various youth behavioral health issues. This series includes interviews with experts, conversations with social workers, and other critical perspectives from experienced voices in the field on how to address these issues that affect youth.
There’s no road map for raising a child, but hopeful you’ll discover some useful pieces of guidance and wisdom on your childrearing journey through these podcasts.