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Disruptive behavior is a normal part of child development but if it becomes frequent or extreme – and makes it very difficult for the child at school, home or during social interactions – then a closer look is needed.

There are different types of behavioral disorders, depending on the specific behaviors, the person’s mood, the frequency and severity of behaviors, the person’s age and the impact on others or the community.

Sometimes what looks like a behavioral disorder is actually a symptom of a different challenge, such as anxiety or depression.

It is important to consider a child’s developmental age and their skill level in managing their emotions- this is called emotional regulation or self-regulation. Infants and young children rely on the adults around them to discover appropriate responses to any given situation. This is why when toddlers fall down, they look to their adult to see how to respond, before responding themselves.

It is difficult to manage emotions even as an adult but modeling how to respond appropriately to intense emotions will help children learn to do the same. With time and practice, children will form skills to regulate their emotions on their own.

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It is difficult to manage emotions even as an adult but modeling how to respond appropriately to intense emotions will help children learn to do the same.

Self-Regulation Skills: Why They Are Fundamental

YouTube Channel: Committee for Children

Self-regulation is especially important in school so that kids can get along with others and do their best learning.

Further Reading

How can we help kids with self-regulation? Some kids need help learning to control their emotions and resist impulsive behavior – this Child Mind Institute article provides insight.

Here’s a detailed look at self-regulation and what parents can do to build it in their children from ParentingForBrain.com.

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