Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How to Manage Your 6-12 Year Old's Atypical Behavior

When we talk about atypical behavior, we are discussing behaviors that are considered to by outside of the normal range. Usually atypical behaviors involves you child saying or doing things that make him or her stand out among other children. Even though there are many "quirky" behaviors that children show around others, it is important to understand when your 6-12 year old's behavior is more than that.

For example if you child is depressed, his or her depression will be more than just the "typical" moments of sadness, crying, or irritably that many children show. You will see a loss in pleasure and/or joy in things that used to love. And, I'm not talking about changes in "tastes" that children have from time to time. Depression is more complicated than that.

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Another atypical behavior is autism. This behavior will most likely be seen at an earlier age, but this is not always the case. This can potentially hold your child back socially and possibly in academic progression. With higher functioning autism, some children may even be able to attend school normally.

Another atypical behavior can be displayed in some sort acts of violence towards animals. Many children with conduct disorder first start off their atypical behaviors by acting overly aggressive or violent to smaller animals.

Even though these behaviors listed above are atypical behaviors, just keep in mind that your child needs to know you love them no matter what. If necessary, set up an appointment psychiatrist or therapist, or both to help your child through these difficult times. As you work with your mental health provider, always provide structure. This will communicate to your child no matter what they are special to you.

How to Manage Your 6-12 Year Old's Atypical Behavior

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