Every child is precious but some have challenging behaviours that make family life less than harmonious.
Parents may need to learn some new strategies and the child may need to learn more positive behaviours that improve their ability to make friends and perform at school.
Some of the behaviour issues that we help children with include:
- Anger Management
Children often feel confused, anxious, hurt, disappointed, frustrated and angry about the world around them and their age, temperament and emotional maturity will dictate how they handle these emotions.
Children’s anger becomes a problem when it is too intense, too frequent or too disruptive.
We teach them how to control their emotions and ultimately this gives them a greater sense of self-control and self esteem.
All children can be defiant from time to time, especially if they’re tired, stressed, upset or hungry.
However when uncooperative and hostile behaviour becomes recurrent and persistent and affects their ability to keep friends and perform at school it may be diagnosed as Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
ODD may be diagnosed if your child has four or more of the following persistent behaviours:
- Often loses temper
- Often argues with adults
- Often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults requests or rules
- Often deliberately annoys people
- Often blames others for their mistakes or misbehaviour
- Often touchy or easily annoyed
- Often angry and resentful
- Often spiteful or vindictive
- Autism and Children
Autism is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s).
Children with autism may appear to have odd or unusual behaviours but it is important to remember that these are due to neurological differences in the way their brains work, not through choice.
Some autism signs in children include:
- Failure to develop friendships appropriate to their age/developmental level
- Lack of imaginative or social play
- Lack of social or emotional empathy
- Struggles with identifying nonverbal cues or social conventions
- Difficulty with conversational skills
- Preoccupation with a special interest
- Preference for routine and consistency
- Aspergers in Children
Aspergers is an Autism Spectrum Disorder. By definition children with Aspergers have a normal IQ and they may even exhibit an exceptional skill or talent in a particular area.
Aspergers children have a high degree of functionality, in other words, they seem to be able to function pretty well in society but they are often viewed as eccentric or odd.
Their language development can seem normal and sometimes they have a very rich vocabulary. However, they can be extremely literal and struggle with understanding nuances in a social context.
- Social Skills
Some children may not be diagnosed with any of these conditions but they need extra support learning social skills and how to create good friendships.
Click here for more information on the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders.