Your shopping in the store and notice a child throwing a temper tantrum and hitting his Mother. For the last twenty minutes you have asked your child to put on their shoes so you can drive them to school, but they are ignoring your request. Johnny backtalks to his Father in a rude and loud voice even in public. The thought of taking your seven year old out in public makes you cringe with dread.
We have all experienced (or know someone who has experienced) one of the scenarios listed above. These behavorial issues are just a few that many parents are dealing with in their children. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), emotional and behavioral disorders affect 10-15 percent of children globally. Society today is quick to jump at diagnosing children who may be going through a difficult time in their life. Many of their emotional problems can be attributed to a change, big or small, in their life that others may not be aware of.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of emotional and behavioral problems include:
- Speaking disrespectfully to peers and family members.
- Angry outbursts that may lead to hitting, kicking, biting and throwing things.
- Refusal to cooperate with others leading to problems at home and school.
- Manipulating parents and peers to get what they want.