Behavioural Disorder Assessments
All children are hostile or defiant at times, but children with a behavioural disorder are hostile, disobedient and defiant so often, and so intensely that it affects their everyday lives, as well as the lives of those around them. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) are the two most common behaviour disorders.
Signs of a behavioural disorder
Children with behavioural disorders often get frustrated easily, argue excessively, refuse to follow rules, and deliberately and excessively annoy others. They often seem to “hold a grudge” and seek “payback”. A child with a behavioural disorder may seem to lack empathy or remorse, and seem deliberately, though unnecessarily, nasty and hurtful. Many children will at times have these behaviours. A behavioural disorder is only diagnosed if these behaviours are continuous over a period of at least 6 months.
Why should I have a behavioural disorder assessment for my child?
Challenging behaviours impact a child’s social, emotional, and academic development. Relationships within a family often become strained, and children with behavioural challenges are often rejected by their peers leading to feelings of isolation, anger, depression, and a low self-concept. If you suspect your child may have a behavioural disorder, seek help so that their future, and the future of your family, can be strong.
Assessments at Premier Psychology
Premier Psychology offers Behaviour Disorder assessments for children and adolescents. All Behaviour Disorder assessments are conducted by psychologists experienced in identifying behavioural disorders across the age span and between genders. Behavioural disorder assessments are available for children from 4 to 16 years. An assessment involves identifying strengths and challenges, and identifying goals and strategies to help address concerns within the child, family, and community.
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