Problem Severity Guidelines
In order to judge the severity of a
child's emotional, behaviour or mental health problems use the following
guidelines. If you feel that the problem/s is more severe than slight consult a
mental health professional, doctor or qualified play therapist as soon as
||Temporary impairment of well-being; minor loss of functioning.
||Hospitalisation for a minor operation.
||Some loss of well-being, ongoing impairment of functioning preventing
the child reaching their full potential.
||Unresolved relationship issues: friendships, sibling rivalries.
||Child feels emotionally unwell, considerable impairment of functioning,
problems need to be dealt with promptly to prevent further deterioration.
||Stress and trauma – e.g. parents are in the process of divorcing and the
family is injured in a road accident.
||Mental illness or disorder child at risk and unable to function as a
||Repeated physical and sexual abuse from several sources.