Is It a Child Development Stage or a Serious Concern?

Do you worry that a child problem is not  just a child development stage, but  a more serious concern? You are not alone. Parents and professionals who work with children and their families, frequently question whether their concerns about a child are just a normal stage of child development, or a more serious concern.

A Child Development Stage or a More Serious Concern?

Use the resources below to help explore your concerns. These resources can help you assess whether the child problem that worries you is typical for a child's age, or developmental stage. Or is it a more serious concern that warrants psychological support, or further consideration?

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When you sign-up for our newsletter -- Promoting Positive Outcomes -- you will receive Dr. O'Connor's monthly newsletter. It includes information to increase your understanding of child problems and how to solve them.

You can also use the resources listed below to help you decide whether a child problem is just a normal stage of child development, or a more serious concern.

 2. Contact Dr. O'Connor.

Complete Dr. O'Connor's contact form. She will review the information you provide and advise on which of her services might help, or whether further support would benefit, for example, an outside agency or other professional service. To contact Dr. O'Connor, click here.


You can also access the following resources by clicking on the links below. Use these resources to  help explore whether a child problem is an expected stage of child development or a more serious concern.

3. Free Articles:

This section includes free articles to help you learn more about child problems and how to help.

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4. Useful Links:

This section includes useful links to increase your understanding of child problems and how to solve them. To access these links, click here.

 5. Recommended Resources & Books.

This section includes a list of books and resources that can help if you feel the child problem that worries you is not a normal child development stage ,but a more serious concern.

If you are worried about drug abuse and addictions and want to help your child, adolescent and young adult steer clear of these very worrisome concerns, please refer to The Parents Guide: How to Talk to Kids About Alcohol and Drugs.

Remember, "Understanding the Problem is the Key to Solving It." Increased understanding of the child problems that worry you, will enhance your ability to help promote positive outcomes in the children you care about and work with.