Children with behavioural problems are often seen as ‘naughty’ or ‘out of control’. They are often quick to anger; they argue with adults and won’t do as they are told. They may provoke other children and adults or use physical aggression to get their own way. They are prone to temper tantrums and are quick to react when provoked by others. Often they blame others for their mistakes and play the victim if caught out.
The first reaction to a lot of people experiencing a child with severe behavioural problems is to blame the parents and their practices. While this could contribute, there are many more factors that influence whether a child will develop severe behavioural problems. Genetic influences have been found to contribute to a child’s temperament, the way a child’s thinking develops, neuropsychological problems peer influences and even school interactions can all aid in the development of serious behavioural problems.
As a parent, it can be frustrating to deal with a child with behavioural problems. There are some day to day strategies that can smooth the road until you can get professional help. Emphasising and keeping a record of the good things your child does can help both of you. It will remind you of your child’s strengths and positive attributes. Set consistent fair rules, even better if you can engage the child in helping to outline them. Make sure the consequences are carried through and that your child knows in advance what they will be. Reward good behavior and lack of conflict.
Behavioural problems are diagnosed when your child shows more symptoms than the average child of the same age. This is done by a trained profession such as Margaret McDonald. Margaret can assess and diagnose behavioural problems, as well as help you and your child devise strategies to manage their behavior. Call the office on 3862 8833 to make an appointment.