What are the red-flags or symptoms of a behavioral or mental health disorder?

Being a parent is not for the weak. Parenting does not come with a manual, and finding out what is best for your child, may seem like a daunting task. One of the most difficult tasks for a parent is figuring out what is appropriate and “normal” for your child, and what might indicate a behavioral or mental health disorder.

Children communicate their needs and wants in very different ways from adults. Children can communicate their thoughts and feelings through play, in conversation, and in their behaviors. Utilizing language to describe how they are feeling may not come naturally or easily at their developmental level. Therefore, it’s helpful to know what are appropriate behaviors for their age and developmental level (there are many online for parents who are wondering).

However, there are common signs that a child may need additional support. Here are a few signs to look for that might indicate mental health or behavioral need:

• Changes in behaviors across environments (e.g. school, home, and community)

• Regressive behaviors (e.g. regression in toilet training, etc.)

• Changes in academic progress

• Unexplainable behaviors

• Negative self talk

• Changes in diet or sleep

• Increase in negative outbursts

• Continued pattern of behavioral issues

Family stressors, transitions, or grief and loss may influence children’s behaviors and choices. It’s so important to check in with children of all ages, and to encourage and teach them how to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Often, children are looking for the language to express themselves and need support. Emotional identification skills and “I feel” statements can be helpful to increase communication.

If you are a parent that continues to wonder about age-appropriate behaviors or want more support with parenting your child, it may be helpful to consider Behavioral Health services. Carolina Pediatric Therapy has a trained team that can assess your child and your family’s needs. Please feel free to reach out to us at Carolina Pediatric Therapy at 828.670.8056 for any additional questions or concerns.

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