6 Common Behavioral Problems In Children & Their Remedies

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Understanding your child is not a cakewalk at all. Knowing your child’s psychology is a full time job in itself and may require a lot of hard, as well as smart work, from you. It takes a lot of patience and concentration to fully realize what is going on in your budding champion’s mind.

In this fast paced world, it is all the more important to keep a hawk’s eye on your child’s day to day activities so that he or she doesn’t go astray. In this internet age, the vast sea of information available on the world wide web may take a toll on your child’s impressionable mind, in addition to the increasing peer pressure and performance expectations.

A child who apparently looks hale and hearty may face some difficulties in facing situations or coping up with normal routine activities. There are a lot of behavioral problems as well, that can be observed in young children these days. Some of these can be treated successfully if brought to notice at the proper time.

Symptoms Or Warning Signs Of Behavioral Disorders In Children:

If your child has an aggressive behavioral disorder, there may be a pattern to the symptoms. Here are the most common warning signs:

  • Harm or threaten themselves, pets or their siblings at home.
  • Inflicts damages or tries to destroy things at home
  • Tells lots of lies
  • Steals
  • Does not perform well in school or skips school.
  • Tries to smoke, drink or uses drug.
  • Throws tantrums frequently
  • Argues with parents
  • Remains hostile with authoritative people

Though these warning signs can indicate that your child suffers from a behavioral disorder, sometimes, your child may not show any of these signs at all.

In such situations, it is important to closely watch your child to determine the type of disorder.

6 Common Behavioral Problems In Children:

Here are some common behavioral problems in children may, with suggested remedies for you:

1. Underdeveloped Social Skills:

This may sometimes be referred to as Asperger syndrome, which is a narrow-developmental disorder.

  • The syndrome is named after an Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who conducted a study on kids wherein he observed children with lack of verbal communication.
  • The exact cause of this syndrome is unknown. However, psychiatrists consider it as a consequence of a series of symptoms.
  • Also, it may be the result of social interaction impairment.
  • The common symptom of this disorder in young people is difficulty in starting a conversation in public and casual interactions.
  • Thus, socializing becomes a big hurdle in children with this syndrome.


  • Teachers, parents and counselors can teach such kids with utmost patience and in a step-by-step manner for various kinds of social interactions and conversations, both formal and informal.
  • Sudden changes can aggravate this problem in children as they are not well prepared for unusual and changing situations.
  • It is essential to prepare such children well in advance, for any anticipated routine change.
  • This will slowly acclimatize them to the changing environment and thus they will be able to cope with transitions in a better manner.

[ Read: Social Development In Children ]

2. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD):

The most common symptoms of this disorder include:

  • Frequent anger, tantrums, annoyance on petty matters, frequent outbursts, low or absence of self-esteem etc.
  • Also, kids may become hostile towards any authority and often defy rules.
  • Tries to annoy or irritate others deliberately.
  • Blames others for all misdeeds.


  • Not only does the child, but also the parents or main caregivers needs some training to deal with these situations.
  • There are many parent management and family programs for adults and family members to teach them how to deal with such situations.
  • Become your child’s friend and listen to him or her calmly without getting angry, even if he or she is brimming with anger.
  • This will help you peep into your child’s mind and give you a clear picture of the problem which your child is dealing with.