Behavioural Difficulties

"The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways"

- Russell Barkley

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Problem behaviour in children

Parenthood can be challenging at the best of times. Throw in a tantrum here, some attention seeking over there, sprinkle it off with a bit of defiance and raising kids can feel impossible!

If this is your experience, you’re in good company. Most children demonstrate challenging behaviours from time to time, and many kids go through stages where their behaviour is more difficult to manage.

Distinguishing between normal and abnormal behaviour is not always easy. Children’s behaviour may be considered ‘disordered’ if it significantly impacts their daily life and these difficulties persist over an extended period of time. If you're concerned about your child’s behaviour, talk to one of our experts today.

Signs and symptoms of problem behaviour

  • Overly active and energetic
  • Refuses to follow adult directions
  • Big temper tantrums
  • Physical and/or verbal aggression
  • Lying and/or stealing
  • Unusual or odd behaviours

What causes behaviour problems in children?

A young person’s behaviour may be influenced by a range of emotional, social, cognitive and contextual factors. For instance, anxiety, stress, memory, family conflict, diet, sensory/perception issues, parenting style and social skill deficits, all have an impact on the way a child acts.

So, behaviour is complex. If you're baffled by your child’s behaviour, welcome to the club! Trying to identify what makes a child behave the way they do is at the core of psychological assessment. Clinical testing may be essential to finding the right help for your young one.

Assessment of behavioural disorders

A clinical assessment of child behaviour problems typically requires a combination of parent and teacher interviews, questionnaires, child testing and observation. In order to accurately identify the cause of your child's behavioural concerns, your psychologist must first rule out alternative factors. This takes time and skill. 

Having your child assessed is a crucial first-step towards creating a better life for you and your loved one. If you are struggling to support your child's behaviour, get in touch today for professional advice.

Which disorders affect behaviour?

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