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Preventing Behavioural Disorders in Children

Behavioural disorders are developed in children if they are frequently exposed to negative disciplinary techniques. Read on to learn more about the different causes of behavioural disorders in children and tips for preventing such disorders in them.

For most parents any manifestation of behavioural anomaly in their kids is a cause of concern. Unfortunately a structured approach is mostly missing when dealing with behavioural issues leading to worsening of the situation. Preventing behavioural problems in kids can be easily accomplished by following some guidelines and basic rules.

Prenatal Drug Exposure and Behavioural Problems

It has been scientifically established that there is a strong link between pre natal drug exposure and childhood emotional problems. For example, research shows that kids of mothers who have been consuming alcohol throughout her pregnancy are 70% more susceptible to substance abuse. Exposure to anti depressants during the first three months of pregnancy increases the risk of behavioural problem in children. Being medically aware about the effects of drug consumption before and during pregnancy will decrease the risk of behaviour problem in children. The responsibility of this of course lies with the mother.

Tips for Preventing Behavioural Disorders in Children

Let us take a look at the tips for preventing behavioural disorders in children.

Include Only Positive Discipline Techniques

Use of negative discipline techniques like violence, hitting, screaming, using expletives and solitary confinement have in many cases worsened behavioural problems or have given birth to emotional issues in healthy kids. The sanctity of the family environment is extremely important in order to prevent emotional and behavioural problems. Include positive discipline techniques like counselling, leading by example and gentle reminders to establish a positive regulatory framework for your children.

Lead By Example

One of the greatest influencers of a child’s behaviour is the parent. Lack of supervision, discipline and interest on part of the parent are often amongst the major causes of childhood behavioural problems. Bad adult role modelling like a parent who shouts and displays erratic behaviour will automatically push kids towards repeating similar behavioural patterns. The biggest step that parents could take for ensuring that their kids do not show disruptive behaviour is by opting for behavioural modifications and striving towards becoming role models who can lead by example.

School Supervision

Most children spend a major chunk of their time at school and in such cases school supervision becomes very important. Ensuring that your kid goes to a school staffed by skilled and sensitive teachers is one of the first things to ensure as a parent.

Teachers are professionally trained to manage behaviour interventions and can select interventions suited to the need of specific children. The school network can help prevent behavioural issues by maintaining consistency of rules and expectations from students and having effective conflict resolution strategies in place. A good system of teacher to parent interaction should be developed so that notes can easily be shared on the child’s behaviour at school and home.

When is Medical Treatment Necessary?

In some cases mere intervention techniques and counselling alone are not enough to control or prevent the manifestations of behavioural abnormalities.

A good example are kids who are suffering from ODD or Oppositional Defiant Behaviour which involve persistent demonstration of negative and defying behaviour towards all types of authority figures.

If your child deliberately annoys figures of authority and is engaged in repetitive disciplinary issues then get him or her diagnosed for ODD. Similarly kids who display CD (conduct disorder) can tend to harm animals and destroy property and the symptoms tend to worsen with time. In such cases opting for early intervention and diagnosis by a trained child psychiatrist becomes very important. The psychiatrist will prescribe an approach combining customized intervention and medication (if required) to normalize the behaviour of your kids.

Remember that like physical ailments signify a bodily issue, behavioural issues are also symptoms of an ailing mind which needs help. Do not shy away from actively seeking help to prevent behavioural disorders in kids.

What are the common causes of behavioural disorders in children? What are the ways to prevent behavioural disorders in children? How to deal with children coping with behavioural disorders? Discuss here.

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Abhishek.2 years ago
The environment in which kids are raised is also responsible for behavioral problems.
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Is there any therapy for treating behavioural problems in children?
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Can over pampering the child result in behavioural problems?
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