Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Behaviors that May Need Further Assessment or Parent Referral

In addition to the developmental milestones, there are other social and emotional behaviors in young children that might need further assessment and/or referral, such as:

  • Little or no eye contact (this may be a cultural norm for the child, make sure you consider this first)
  • Frequent and long-lasting fussiness or irritability
  • Unsmiling or withdrawn behavior
  • Little or no preference for familiar adults
  • Extreme, frequent and long-lasting tantrums that impede learning and relationship building
  • Lacks curiosity
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Trouble with eating/feeding – too much or too little
  • Shows regression in language, for example, stops cooing and babbling.

In addition, for toddlers and preschoolers:

  • Unable to use toys in imaginary ways
  • Often seems sad or worried
  • Fails to listen or respond
  • Rarely uses words to express feelings
  • Seems unable most of the time to control feelings.

(source: http://ecmhc.org/tutorials/social-emotional/mod1_2.html)

 

Please also view our training videos page to access videos on:

Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children

Reflecting on Our Reactions and Responses to Children’s Behavior