When bringing a child or teenager it is best to have their full engagement and cooperation for attending and to have them feel like it is their idea to attend.
While I can manage the session in almost any circumstance it has been found through experience that it may be best to have your child attend with genuine participation and an eagerness to change and improve. They will then feel that they are in charge of the the process and will allow changes to take place.
We find that when children and teens are coming to make something that they choose “better, easier,faster etc” that they enjoy doing ( like football, running, play station, dancing…. whatever, they are really interested in making changes and engaging.
I have often worked on ball catching or kicking from the hand with a child/teenager because that was what they wanted while their parents really wanted them to improve in reading and writing.. By making the change that the child/teen wanted enough change took place so that his reading and writing improved dramatically as well. In reality we have one brain and one body so when i help your child to make a change that they want, i can usually get other changes in at the same time without resistance or poor self image, self confidence and low self esteem being part of the process.
The whole family leave delighted with their child’s new skills and parents tell me their child asked to come back for more sessions as they experience success and a natural boost in self confidence and self esteem.
I suggest that you don’t even mention to them that you are focusing on the “real change that you want them to experience.. Sometimes, knowing triggers fears and resistances in your child that may slow down progress.