Behavioral And Developmental Conditions
By Pediatric Associates of Wellesley
January 13, 2022
Tags: Child Behavior  

If you believe your child isn’t reaching developmental milestones or they are chronically misbehaving or underachieving, visit Pediatric Associates of Wellesley in Weston, MA, or Medfield, MA to discuss symptoms of atypical child behavior.

What Are Behavioral Conditions?

Children who frequently misbehave or underachieve may be dealing with a behavioral condition. Some common behavior conditions include Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder (CD), and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). These conditions may result in concerning child behavior like:

  • Losing their temper or throwing tantrums often
  • Arguing frequently and refusing to follow rules
  • Annoying or becoming easily annoyed by others
  • Running away, skipping school, or breaking serious rules
  • Bullying, fighting or hurting people or animals
  • Stealing, vandalizing, or lying on purpose
  • Losing or forgetting their school work or supplies
  • Inability to remember details or pay attention in class
  • Seems to not be listening when they are spoken to
  • Avoids homework, tests, or long, arduous mental tasks

While these symptoms don’t cover the full spectrum of behavioral disorders or how they may manifest in children, they are common manifestations of a behavioral condition that can be treated through medication, therapy, and perhaps holistic changes like diet and exercise. The professionals at the Weston, MA or Medfield, MA locations of Pediatric Associates of Wellesley can consult with you on treatments for this kind of child behavior.

What Are Developmental Conditions?

When a child is not meeting physical, learning, or behavioral milestones, they may have a developmental condition. Some behavioral problems manifesting with ADD can be attributed to developmental conditions, while some are not linked to specific behavior problems or conditions. Examples of common developmental conditions in children include hearing loss, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Language Disorders, vision impairment, Cerebral Palsy, or Intellectual Disability. Some signs your child is suffering from a developmental condition include:

  • Delayed learning to sit up, walk, crawl, or talk
  • Not reaching body weight or height milestones
  • Trouble remembering or understanding social rules
  • Difficulty connecting actions to consequences
  • Problem-solving difficulties
  • Stuttering, stammering, or not understanding words
  • Difficulty expressing themselves, or making sentences

There are many developmental and behavioral conditions that may manifest in unique ways in your children. If you are concerned they aren’t reaching their developmental milestones, or they are frequently and severely misbehaving, call (781) 736-0040 to make an appointment with your Weston, MA Pediatric Associates of Wellesley, or call (508) 359-9200 for your Medfield, MA location.