Posts for tag: Behavioral Issues
Is This Normal Behavior?
- Being defiant
- Issues around bedtime
- Issues around food (being a “picky eater” or refusing to eat)
- Temper tantrums
- Are still occurring regardless of discipline or punishment
- Are affecting their schoolwork and/or social interactions
- Aren’t appropriate for their age (e.g. throwing temper tantrums as an older child)
- Aggressive or violent behavior
- Harm to self, others, or animals
- Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there
- Breaking the rules or skipping school
- Sudden or extreme behavioral changes
- Showing no remorse
Pediatricians come equipped to handle and address any issues regarding your child’s health, and this includes behavioral concerns you may have as a parent. If your pediatrician believes that a developmental, neurological, or mental health disorder could be to blame, then they may recommend additional testing and evaluations. This is done either through their practice or with a specific specialist who can properly diagnose and treat certain conditions such as depression, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, or autism spectrum disorder.
Based on the results of your child’s screening, your pediatrician will then be able to create a custom treatment plan to help you and your child manage their condition and their symptoms. Your pediatrician can also refer your child to therapists and other specialists who can also provide additional support and treatment for the whole family.
If you’re having concerns about your child’s behavior, it’s best to talk with your pediatrician at your child’s next wellness checkup.
How your pediatricians in Marion, VA, can help with behavioral issues
Your child’s behavior can be complicated. It can be difficult to know whether behavior is normal, or whether it may be a sign of developmental issues. That’s where your pediatrician comes in. The pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatrics can help with diagnosis and treatment of common behavioral issues. They have two convenient office locations in Abingdon and Marion, VA, to help you and your child.
As your child grows and develops, you may experience these normal behaviors:
- Your child being defiant; this is a sign of independence and testing boundaries.
- Your child withdrawing from you; this is a sign of your child wanting autonomy and independence.
- Your child acting out; this may be your child’s reaction to major changes in life including moving, family separation or divorce, or issues at school.
Your child may also exhibit some behaviors which could benefit from professional treatment. Consider visiting your pediatrician if your child demonstrates:
- Anxiety about school, relationships, and activities
- Frequent depression or feelings of unhappiness
- Purposefully damaging or destroying items belonging to others
- Hostile feelings toward others, especially authority figures
You and your child should definitely visit your pediatrician if your child is:
- Threatening other children, pets, or adults
- Threatening or harming himself or herself or you
- Stealing, smoking, doing drugs or unlawful behavior
- Doing badly in school, or missing school entirely
Attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder or ADHD is one of the most common behavioral issues in children. Your child may have ADHD if you notice that your child is:
- Frequently forgetting or losing things
- Excessively talking or squirming around
- Frequently daydreaming or not paying attention
If you are wondering about your child’s behavior, your pediatrician can help. A great pediatrician can help make sure your child is healthy and help you care for your child’s health, growth and development. For more information about common behavioral issues and other pediatric topics, call the pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatrics, with offices in Abingdon and Marion, VA, today!
Behavioral issues can affect your child's ability to make friends and do well at school. Marion, VA, pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Tara Etter discuss several common behavioral health issues.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Hyperactivity isn't always a symptom of the ADHD. If your child has the inattentive form of the disorder, he or she may be easily distracted or have trouble concentrating, but won't exhibit any signs of hyperactivity. Children who have the hyperactive/impulsive form may have difficulty sitting still, waiting their turn or staying silent. Some children have a combination of both forms.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
ASD is a developmental disorder that can make it difficult for your child to interact with other people. Children may be mildly, moderately or severely affected by the disorder. Signs of ASD often appear when your child is young and may include:
- Trouble making eye contact
- Language delays
- Obsession with certain topics or toys
- Motor skill difficulties
- Lack of empathy
- Difficulty making friends
- Repetitive language
- Hand flapping
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
No child likes to be told what to do, but children who have ODD are continually disobedient or defiant. In addition to angry outbursts, signs that your child may have ODD include constant arguing when asked to do something and frequent arguments with adults and other children. Children who have ODD are often irritable and tend to blame others for any problems they encounter.
How a pediatrician can help
If you suspect that your child has a behavioral issue, it's important to schedule an appointment with our Marion office. In addition to performing a thorough examination to rule out health conditions that may cause behavioral changes, your child's pediatrician can recommend therapy or counseling to help you and your family manage your child's disorder. In certain situations, medication may be prescribed.
Are you concerned about a behavioral issue? Call Marion, VA, pediatricians of Royal Oak Pediatric Associates at (276) 783-8183 to schedule an appointment.