Behaviors which indicate that an Infant or Toddler’s Social-Emotional Development may be at risk
- Cannot calm down
- Extremely distractible
- Cannot build or maintain a satisfactory relationship
- Short or no attention span
- Mood generally unhappy or depressed
- Upset or confused by sounds
- Repetitive speech or behavior
- Gets upset with movement or craves excessive movement
- Upset or confused by various sights
- Bothered by things touching skin
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?
- Is the behavior unacceptable for social or cultural reasons?
- Can the child’s inability to learn be explained by intellectual, sensory or health factors
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.
Links to information about Mental Wellness at Umatilla Morrow Head Start:
- Mental Wellness at Umatilla Morrow Head Start
- Behaviors Which Indicate that an Infant or Toddler’s Social-Emotional Development may be at Risk
- Behaviors Which Indicate that a Preschool Child’s Social-Emotional Development may be at Risk
- Mental Health and Wellness Links – Other sites that provide information for parents and professionals on infants, toddlers, and young children.