At what age can a child be diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
When children act out persistently so that it causes serious problems at home, in school, or with peers, they may be diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). ODD usually starts before 8 years of age, but no later than by about 12 years of age.
What are the symptoms of conduct disorder?
Symptoms of conduct disorder include:
- Not caring about social norms of good behavior.
- Ignoring the rights and feelings of other people.
- Enjoying causing harm, lying or manipulating people.
- Committing physical or sexual violence.
- Hurting animals.
How does selective mutism affect a child?
Very often, these children show signs of severe anxiety, such as separation anxiety, frequent tantrums and crying, moodiness, inflexibility, sleep problems, and extreme shyness from infancy on. Children with Selective Mutism often have severely inhibited temperaments.
Why is my child so destructive?
Some children have figured out that they get a lot more attention for engaging in bad behaviors than for being good. Another reason may be that your son is angry and is blaming you for something bad that has happened; he may see these destructive behaviors as a way of punishing you.
What is the best treatment for conduct disorder?
Treatment for conduct disorder may include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy. A child learns how to better solve problems, communicate, and handle stress.
- Family therapy. This therapy helps make changes in the family.
- Peer group therapy. A child develops better social and interpersonal skills.
How can I help my child with selective mutism?
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- Ensure that your child feels valued and secure.
- Try to reduce embarrassment or anger about your child’s behaviour.
- Educate family and friends about the nature of your child’s difficulties.
- Build confidence by focusing on your child’s achievements.
Can a child grow out of selective mutism?
Most children with selective mutism outgrow the disorder spontaneously, while individuals with social phobia do not outgrow the disorder.