Considerations of whether children and young people are deserving of help are reminiscent of 19th-century approaches to child services.
Without rules, you would have a LOT of decisions to make every day.
Think of it like a ladder. You might not be at the top right now, but each new thing you learn takes you a step closer and means that your parents can relax the rules a little.
Anxiety can drive obsessions and resistance to change.
Even though people with autism are more likely to think about concrete stuff rather than abstract feelings, anxiety still exists and, if not recognised, can cause significant problems.
Oppositional defiant disorder is a pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behaviour directed towards authority figures.
If your child has a problem with defiant behaviours, there are a number of things you can do to avoid standoffs and reduce the chance of meltdowns. Here's how.
Children can become more and more skilled in the art of oppositional behaviour, and increasingly harder to discipline.
Some children's tantrums, irritability and defiance well exceed that typically found in healthy children of the same age. This can be overwhelming for parents, especially as children grow.
The average smartphone user checks their device 85 times a day.
Clinically speaking, you can't become addicted to a device, but you can develop behavioural addictions to smartphone functions.
For almost one in seven Australians aged four to 17 years, behaviour is significant in nature, persists over time and tends to mismatch their developmental stage.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between disordered and difficult behaviour, and the approach is different for both.
There’s lots going on in the lives of four-year-old boys, including how to regulate their emotions. Let’s not blame their hormones.
Some parents think their four-year-old boy's emotional outbursts and aggressive behaviour can be blamed on their hormones. Here's why that's a myth.
Isolating a child from their peers does nothing to address the underlying concerns that may have lead to a child behaving in this way.
The cultures of silence and denial that surround child sexualised behaviours mean that adults often lack the information they need to respond appropriately.
How you let young children use a tablet device can influence their behaviour in later years.
If you use a tablet device to keep a child quiet at the dining table or other event then you could be limiting their social skills. That could have an impact on the way they behave later in life.
Playing truant is no game.
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David Cameron's plans to deduct child benefit from parents of truants will not fix a complex problem.
Left scarred by going into care.
Going into care is traumatic for children – early intervention can help their mental health.
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New research shows that children who develop bad behaviour towards the end of primary school, fall behind the most.
Have you heard of attachment theory?
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Attachment theory can help in understanding some disruptive class behaviour.
Easier said than done but there are ways.
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A child’s diet should be high in fruit and vegetables, high in complex carbohydrates such as brown bread, brown pasta and brown rice and relatively low in fat and sugary foods. It should also be low in…
Finally, a break from talking about our emotions.
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Apocryphal depictions of an unprecedented crisis in young people’s mental ill-health and their general vulnerability have been accompanied by increasingly alarmist claims that only schools can address…
BBC Three’s show ‘Excluded’ follows children at The Bridge AP Academy.
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In 2013, 3,900 young people were permanently excluded from secondary schools in England. The most common reason for these children to be removed from the mainstream school system was persistent disruptive…
Conduct problems in childhood are the most common precursor to a variety of disorders affecting mental and physical health in adulthood.
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Aggression and oppositional behaviour in childhood doesn’t just make short-term problems for children, their friends and families. It also places kids at risk of long-term issues with mental and physical…
What do you presume about me?
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In 1982 I was toying with the idea of a career in teaching. That year a controversial film, Made in Britain, starring Tim Roth was released and I almost didn’t become a teacher. The film’s central character…
Building on strengths.
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Many children with autism are put on waiting lists and miss out on early behavioural interventions and other benefits because health professionals are reluctant to diagnose autism early out of fear of…