Raising children is one of the most difficult yet rewarding tasks that parents complete in their life. With most children there are small behavioural issues, such as an occasional argument or tantrum, however, if your children is continually disruptive, distracted and agitated there might be more to the story. Although it is not possible to cure most behavioural conditions, treatment is available which will help reduce the impact on sufferers. The most common children’s behavioural issues are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a behavioural condition that results in poor levels of attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. It is currently estimated that 5% of Australian children have some level of ADHD. If your child often forgets what they are doing, becomes emotional easily or continually fidgets they may have ADHD. If your child shows some of these symptoms it is important to consider getting a behavioural assessment to ensure the best for your child.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
ODD is a behavioural disorder that involves ongoing antagonistic, disobedient or resistant behaviour to adults and people in authoritative positions. Around 10% of children have some level of ODD. Considering the disruptive nature of ODD, it is important to undertake behavioural testing if your child is displaying any symptoms of ODD. By undertaking testing, we will then be able to determine the most appropriate path of action and reduce the impact of ODD on your child’s life.
Children’s Behaviour at Armchair Psychology
Given that behavioural conditions can vary so considerably, Armchair Psychology takes a tailored to approach to each and every client. After choosing the psychologist of your choice, you will begin to delve into the issues that your child is currently facing. It is likely if the issues facing your child are synonymous with behavioural conditions, a behaviour assessment will be recommended to make it possible to provide more informed advice to you and your child. Following a behavioural assessment, our psychologists will provide you with strategies that will help to reduce the impact that any behavioural condition will have on your child’s life. Through ongoing sessions, you and your child will come away well equipped to tackle the behavioural condition.
Where Are We Located?
Armchair Psychology is only a one minute walk from Edgecliff train station in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. If the behaviour of your child is having a continual impact on their life and the lives of others around you, it is important to consider testing and treatment. So book an appointment with Armchair Psychology today or contact our team to find out what may be right for you.