Behavioral Changes

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As children grow, they develop the ability to recognize feelings. Their emotions are also increasingly influenced by their thinking. They become more aware of their own feelings and better able to recognize and understand those of other people. action signals, such as an urge to approach, escape or fight.

There are many things that can cause a child to have temper tantrums, emotional outbursts, and general “bad” or unexpected behavior. These can include biological reasons, like being hungry or overtired. They can also include emotional reasons, like not being able to cope with or describe their feelings.

These problems can result from temporary stressors in the child's life, or they might represent more enduring disorders. The most common disruptive behavior disorders include oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

There is clear evidence that children's genetic makeup affects their own behavioral characteristics and there is equally clear evidence that parents can and do influence children in the way they are treated.

There are internal and external factors that do influence children, like:

  • family relationships.
  • to family circumstances.
  • an event that has occurred in the community.
  • limited social experiences.
  • expectations, experiences and child rearing practices.
  • to drugs, alcohol.
  • child's emotional development and temperament.

Warning Signs of a More Serious Problem. Behavior problems that last for six months or more could be a sign that a child needs behavioral therapy. These problems are often more serious and can involve behavior that is aggressive or disruptive. Children with behavioral problems don't seem to act their age.