Child and adolescent psychiatrist, specifically deal with children and adolescents. They have expertise in providing diagnostic evaluations and recommendations from a developmental perspective.
Educating parents about child issues and behaviors is essential part of the evaluation process. However, in case one parent is unavailable or unwilling, the other parent can attend the session, as home management and parenting skills are a part of the intervention in children.
Most children open up, as they are made comfortable in the session and rapport builds over time.
Assure your child that this doctor evaluates a lot of children and would be guiding them in dealing with their school, academic and peer related issues.
Forcing the child is not required, in many cases the first session could involve only the parents and specific suggestions would be given to the parents on how to introduce the child in the coming sessions.
Informing the school could be beneficial in obtaining school support to implement appropriate classroom accommodations.
There could be underlying issues/conditions which need to be identified and address reduce behavioral issues. Not all behaviors exhibited by children is intentional.
Behavioral issues need to be documented and addressed during parent teacher meeting. The importance of seeking professional consultation, need to be emphasized in the best interest of the child.
Behavior such as hyperactivity, inattention, aggression, difficulty in coping with academics, refusing to go to school, peer related difficulty, difficulty in adjusting with teachers & friends, self- harm and other mood/anxiety issues are some of the issues which need professional consultation.
Collaborating with the professionals and understanding the underlying issues in a child, would help in providing adequate classroom accommodations and behavioral monitoring on school premises.
In some cases a child counselor or psychologist could see the child initially. However, if the behavioral issues are long standing or worsening a diagnostic evaluation by a child psychiatrist with recommendations would help in addressing issues on priority.