Information for Parents
As parents, we want our children to be healthy and happy.
It’s easy to tell if your child is achieving appropriate physical development, but sometimes it is harder to know if their social and emotional development is appropriate. Kids display challenging behaviors at times, which may be consistent with typical child development. Sometimes these behaviors begin to affect their relationships with their friends and can even make it more difficult for them to learn.
What if your child’s behaviors are becoming a concern?
If you are concerned about your child, begin by talking with your child’s teacher. Find out what their behavior and academic performance is like in school, and how you can help support the teacher’s behavior management plan at home. Talk with your child’s doctor about their behavior as well, and report what you have observed and learned from talking with others. Find out if there may be an underlying medical issue that may be affecting their behavior.
A mental health evaluation may be helpful.
A comprehensive assessment of a child’s mental health is sometimes necessary to sort through the concerns and identify the problem. This type of thorough assessment includes input from the family as well as from the school. Are there behavioral differences between home and school? What is working at school, and what is not? What is working at home, and what is not? Through Classroom Clinic services, the school, medical providers, and families work together to ensure children’s success is a top priority. Family involvement is imperative to this process.