The decision to take your child to therapy can be a difficult and emotional process, and one of the hardest things to determine is at what point professional help is appropriate. When my son's anxiety became too big for me and my husband to manage, we knew it was clearly time to seek the skills and knowledge of a professional. But the signs your toddler should see a therapist are not always cut and dry. Due to the nature and young age of toddlers, it can be hard to know what is regular developmental behavior and what is a red flag that help is needed.
Working with a professional — especially a therapist that exclusively works with young children — not only gives your child the skills and tools he needs to be successful, but helps you to better parent him as well. Due to their age, toddlers lack the communication and emotional vocabulary to fully express how they are feeling, which means it's your job to be on the look out for the non-verbal clues your child is sending you. Being aware of these six behavioral and emotional changes in your toddler will alert you to the fact that they would benefit from therapy.