Is your child acting out?

Is your child acting out? Has your child become moody, distracted, or uncontrollable? Is your child falling behind in school, unable to concentrate, or hyperactive?

Therapy can help your child feel happier and succeed in school and at home.

Is your child acting out or simply acting his age?

It is normal for children to act out occasionally. Kids act wild, throw tantrums, talk back, and don't listen. While dealing with a rambunctious or disobedient child can be frustrating for parents, it is usually no need for concern.

When your child's misbehavior or emotional outbursts prevent him from doing well in school or functioning at home, or if your child displays aggression towards other children, it may be time to seek professional help. Acting out crosses the threshold of normal behavior when it prevents your child from participating in daily activities or developing in a healthy manner.

Your child acting out may be calling for help

Often, children communicate through their behavior. A child who is acting out may be revealing a deeper, underlying issue.

Your child may be experiencing a stressful situation at school but lacks the language or emotional maturity to tell you what is bothering him. Unable to cope with his emotions, your child may express his frustrations by misbehaving or lashing out at others.

If your child demonstrates inappropriate or troubling behavior, therapy can help you determine and treat the root cause of your child acting out.

Dr. Hilliker, a pediatric psychologist at Mayo Clinic, describes how acting out can result from trauma or distress.

Kids can react to trauma in every possible way. Some are hyperaroused and hypervigilant, feeling anxious and fearful about what will happen next. Others may be very shut down and hard to engage. They figuratively and sometimes literally pull the covers over their heads.

Differences also occur from one age group to another. Very young children may not have language, so they express their feelings behaviorally — by acting out or trying to get away from the situation.

Older kids use language to make sense of what happened, creating a narrative to organize their thinking. Awareness of the range and complexity of reactions is essential to accurately diagnose and support traumatized children.

Therapy can help your child thrive

Therapy for children is conducted in a safe, and trusting environment. Child therapists are trained to create a warm and welcoming space for kids.

Therapy can help your child discover and express what is bothering her. Your child can learn to cope with challenging feelings and improve communication.

A therapist will listen to your child and help identify the underlying cause of your child's behavior. This will empower your child to gain control of her feelings, reduce fear and anxiety, and improve her behavior.

If visiting a therapist's office on a regular basis proves difficult, online therapy could be a positive alternative. Online therapy allows you to schedule sessions at a convenient time, within the comfort and privacy of your own home.

You can help your child feel heard, safe, and accepted at school, at home, and in the community. Reach out for help today.

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