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Abnormal child behaviour Part 2

2. Referral: Children are rarely self-referred: their parents or other adults decide the child needs help and seeks it out. The first task of a clinician working with children is to determine whether or not a problem actually exists. Intolerance, ignorance, and misconceptions on the part of the adult may be the reason for the referral. Indeed, parents’ referral of their child may be more a factor of their own emotional state. Other problems in referral are that certain behaviors may be overlooked.  Parents, teachers, and other adults who refer a child for help, may underidentify children with certain disturbances because those disturbances are less salient or troublesome to them.  For example: the child who withdraws from social contact will not be as salient as the child who disrupts class, and so may not be identified as needing help. Continue reading

Abnormal child behaviour Part 1

Abnormal behavior in children is considered as any type of behavior that interferes with daily functioning. Abnormal behavior can be symptoms of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, extreme defiance, rage or physical aggression to self or others. Behavior is a tool of communication that children use when they don’t have the words to express themselves to others. It is important to pay attention to sudden changes in behavior that are outside the normal developmental milestones based on the age of the child. Continue reading