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Help With Behavioral Issues

Behavioral issues in children can lead to stress and frustration for the entire family. In young children, these issues may not yet be categorized as a specific diagnosis, but a child with significant behavioral issues may exhibit signs of anxiety, have frequent and severe tantrums, be manipulative, and/or be repetitively defiant towards those in authority. Often these children are labeled by teachers, peers, and parents as disruptive, frustrating, mean, or even “bad.” Sometimes children who demonstrate significant behavioral issues are given a formal diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder. Often behavioral issues are identified along with another diagnosis like ADHD or Asperger’s. In many cases, behavioral issues never receive a formal diagnosis but nonetheless are a major issue in a child’s ability to make and keep friends or succeed in school. They often require intervention due to the impact on family life and disruption to everyday activities.

Symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Signs of oppositional defiant disorder in children are usually apparent before the age eight. Behaviors may occur most with people the child knows well, such as family members or care providers. These behaviors are frequent, not age appropriate, and cause significant issues at school, at home, and/or with peers. Signs of ODD include (1):

  • Losing one’s temper often.
  • Frequent arguing with adults or refusing to comply with adults’ rules or requests.
  • Often getting angry or being resentful or vindictive.
  • Deliberately annoying others; easily becoming annoyed with others.
  • Often blaming other people for one’s own mistakes or misbehavior.

To learn more about the specific symptoms of ODD, please refer to the DSM-IV criteria for these disorders.

Source: (1) Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Behavioral Disorders and the Brain Balance Program

At Brain Balance, we approach behavioral issues as a symptom of functional disconnection syndrome, an imbalance in hemispheric brain communication that is at the root of most learning, behavioral, and developmental issues.

We first gain an understanding of your child’s brain and body function through our comprehensive assessment. Then we develop a customized program combining sensory motor and neuro-academic activities to improve physical and academic function and minimize or eliminate negative behaviors. In addition, our nutritional guidelines are supported by published research that underscores the importance of maintaining a healthy diet to help achieve optimal brain and body function, ultimately leading to better behavior.

Help and Hope for Behavioral Issues

The Brain Balance Program is fundamentally based on the science of neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to improve and change throughout a person’s lifetime. Our drug-free, integrated approach brings parents and kids together to achieve the common goal of significantly improving behavioral symptoms and restoring the family dynamic.

If your child struggles with difficult behavioral issues or has been diagnosed with a behavioral disorder, contact us online or find a center near you to learn more about how the Brain Balance Program can help.