What children can’t put into words, they make up for with their actions. If there are behaviors that seem to be occurring at school, home or both it may be best to have your child speak with a professional who is trained to understand the non-verbal behaviors of your child and to help them better understand their emotions so that they can communicate with them in a way that allows their caregivers and teachers to best support them.
Testing boundaries and impulsive behaviors can be normal depending on the child’s age and development. When problematic behaviors become consistent to the point that it is difficult for your child to learn, connect with the family or reach other important milestones, this is when at least an evaluation by a professional would be extremely valuable.
Here are some common examples of behaviors addressed in counseling:
- Rule breaking
- “acting out”
- Excessive emotional response
- Consistent anger
As your child’s parent/caregiver, it can be difficult to sort through your worry, stress and concern to fully address these issues. This is where a neutral third party would be helpful. After the initial evaluation, your counselor will be able to provide you with recommendations and information for next steps that can range from ongoing counseling, community resources, or parenting support groups.
Help your child find better ways to express their emotions.
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