Warning Signs of a Serious Behavior Problemby Moner Alo Psychologist
When it comes to differentiating between normal and abnormal behavior problems, it's important to know a bit about child development. What's normal for a preschooler isn't normal for a teenager.
Some general warning signs that may indicate more serious behavior problems include:
Difficulty managing emotional outbursts – Although it is normal for preschoolers to have occasional temper tantrums, older children should be able to cope with their feelings in a socially appropriate manner. If your child can’t control his anger, frustration, or disappointment in an age-appropriate manner, he could have an underlying emotional problem. Difficulty managing impulses – Impulse control develops slowly over time. A child who becomes aggressive after he begins school, or a child who yells at his teacher as a teen, likely needs help developing better skills.
Behavior that does not respond to discipline – It’s normal for kids to repeat their mistakes from time to time to see if a parent will follow through with discipline. But, it’s not normal for a child to exhibit the same behavior repeatedly if you're applying consistent discipline. If your child continues to exhibit the same misbehavior regardless of the consequences, it could be a problem. Behavior that interferes with school – Misbehavior that interferes with your child's education may indicate an underlying behavior disorder. Getting sent out of class, getting into fights at recess, and difficulty staying on task are all potential warning signs.
Behavior that interferes with social interaction – It’s normal for kids to have spats with peers, but if your child’s behavior prevents him from having friends, that's a problem. Children should be able to develop and maintain healthy relationships with their peers. Self-injury or talk about suicide – Any child who bangs his head, burns himself or cuts himself should be evaluated by a mental health professional.1 It’s also important to have a child evaluated by a professional if there is any talk about suicide. Sexualized behaviors that are not developmentally appropriate – It's normal for kids to be curious about the opposite sex and to want to know where babies come from. But sexualized behavior should never be coercive, at any age
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