Do you wonder if that child problem that worries you is just a child development stage, or a more serious psychological concern? You are not alone. Parents and professionals who work with children, adolescents and young adults frequently question whether their concerns about a child are just a normal stage of child development, or a concern they need to worry about and take steps to address.
Adolescent and child problems span a range of concerns. These include learning, social and emotional problems, as well as behavior problems. Some children externalize their problems and show poor impulse control. They may act out in an angry, aggressive manner. Children who exhibit internalizing problems may appear withdrawn or passive and anxious and depressed.
To review a check-list of behaviors that can signal the possibility of a child problem that may not represent a normal child development stage, click here.
And remember "Understanding the Problem is the Key to Solving It." Dr. O'Connor's Psychological Assessments can increase your understanding of adolescent or child problems and how to help.
Children who are doing well show some of the following traits and characteristics:
Children who are showing concerns that do not represent a normal child development stage may show some of the following concerns:
Use the resources below to help explore your concerns, and help you determine whether the adolescent or child problems that concern you represent a typical child development stage, or a more serious concern that warrants psychological support, or further consideration?
The resources listed below can also help you address your concerns around childhood issues thay worry you.
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This section includes a list of books and resources that can help if you are worried that 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 adolescent and child problems that worry you, will enhance your ability to help promote positive outcomes in the children you care about and work with.