The 2019 Seattle Conference was truly an eye-opener with regards to detecting mental or behavioral health problems of our children at an early age. As much as we want to avoid these kinds of circumstances, it really can’t be avoided. Whether it is because of hereditary factors or because of the environment, there are really babies or children who are born with mental or behavioral problems like having ADHD or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, or those children who progress late and beyond their age. They have developmental delays
So when do we know that our child needs help or counseling? We should always keep in mind that children are very unique with each other, even for siblings. They all have their own phase of development. This is why it is not advisable to compare your child’s progress with other children of their age. But one should also be attentive enough with how your child develops their abilities.
Other family members or relatives may tell you to wait, but according to experts, some problems need to be addressed as early as possible. Let’s take a look at our family history. If some behavioral problems run in our family, then our awareness and attentiveness to our children should be increased. One thing that needs attention would be the focus of your child or his ability to make eye contact with you or the things that you intend him or her to look at. According to experts, if these problems persist up to 3 years old, it will be better to consult a therapist for your kid or a pediatrician so that proper assessment can be done.
Hyperactive kids should also be taken into utmost consideration especially if they grow older and still possess that kind of behavior. Proper therapy and treatment should be given to them so they can learn how to control their behavior and emotions. Do not worry about them, though. ADHD can be managed and coped with – your child will have a very fulfilling and normal life.