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Behavioral FAQs

What causes depression in children?

  • Depression is a problem with the brain’s neurochemistry that causes feelings of extreme sadness, loss of interest in things that were once enjoyed, withdrawal from others, and loss of energy and initiative. It’s more than normal sadness, grief, or low energy. Depression in children can be triggered by a medical illness, a stressful situation, or the loss of someone special. Children with behavior problems or anxiety also are more likely to get depressed. Sometimes, it can be hard to identify any triggering event. Children with these symptoms must be reported to a mental health provider for further evaluation and management.

What are early signs of autism?

  • The signs and symptoms of autism vary widely, as do its effects. However, if you notice any of the following developmental delays or behavioral problems in your child, please contact us to obtain appropriate referrals for evaluation:
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    • Little to no eye contact
    • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms
    • Lack of or delay in development of spoken language
    • Doesn’t smile or display other warm, joyful expressions
    • Doesn’t know how to connect with others, play, or make friends
    • Prefers not to be touched, held, or cuddled
    • Doesn’t respond to his or her name or to the sound of a familiar voice
    • Persistent fixation on parts of objects
    • Does not reach out to be picked up
    • Has trouble understanding or talking about feelings
    • Doesn’t ask for help or make other basic requests

What can I do to help my child with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is treatable through medication and psychotherapy. Treatment may take a long time because the child has to learn how to reduce the irrational thoughts and substitute the ritualistic or obsessive behaviors for more progressive behaviors.

 

What can schools do to accommodate my child who has ADD/ADHD?
Common classroom accommodations which are extremely helpful to children with attention deficits include:

  • Make sure your child sits near the teacher and away from windows and doors
  • Untimed testing if needed
  • Elimination of unnecessary writing
  • Have your child tape-record verbal assignments
  • Most importantly, make sure the school’s plan for dealing with your child’s needs really works for your child.

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