Providing physical, occupational, and speech therapy along with our new behavior division is our passion.
All children go through emotional ups and downs. Feeling sad, angry or frustrated from time to time is normal. Life-changing events can take a toll on kids, and lead to changes in their behavior. It’s important for parents to recognize the difference between normal “growing pains” and behavioral problems.
Behavior problems that last for six months or more could be a sign that a child needs behavioral therapy. These problems are often more serious and can involve behavior that is aggressive or disruptive.
Children with behavioral problems don’t seem to act their age. Signs that a toddler may have behavior disorder include:
- Head banging
- Repeated biting, hitting or kicking
Older children who are violent or destructive need professional medical help. Other warning signs of trouble in any age group include:
- Constant fighting
- Damaging property
- Disrespect for authority figures
- Dramatic mood swings
- Engaging in early sexual activity
- Frequent nightmares
- Performing poorly in school
- Threatening to run away
- Skipping school
- Anxiety that interferes with normal activities, such as school work or social activities
- Significant changes in sleeping or eating habits
- Using drugs or alcohol