BEHAVIORS WHICH INDICATE THAT A CHILD’S SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT MAY BE AT RISK

  • Cannot play
  • Fights a lot
  • Very sad
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Fearful
  • Inappropriate responses to situations (for example laughs instead of cries)
  • Withdrawn
  • Extremely active
  • Inadequate toilet skills
  • Sudden behavior changes
  • Very accident prone
  • Destructive to self and/or others
  • Unusual behavior
  • Extremely immature

All of these behaviors occur in children at some time or another. When they occur, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How long does the behavior last?
  • How long has the behavior been occurring?
  • How does the behavior compare with the behavior of other children of the same age?
  • How do events in the home affect the behavior?
  • How troublesome is the behavior?

If a child displays any of the behaviors described above, and the answers to the questions make you think that the behavior could be problematic, talk to your child’s Teacher, Child and Family Advocate or Family Educator for information on where to go for assistance.

Remember it is always better to find out if what you are noticing is a possible roadblock to a child’s social-emotional growth and development.