Why do children have behavioral issues?
There are many reasons why children have behavioral issues – sometimes it is due to genetics, sometimes environmental stressors or toxins, and other times due to emotional difficulties. Children with ADHD, sensory issues or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Austim (ASD), anxiety, mood disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), etc. all expirence higher rates of behavioral issues. Whatever the source, difficulty with self-regulation is at the core of the issue. Self-regulation impacts impulse control, metacognitive functioning, emotional control, and behavioral regulation. When a child displays behavioral issues it is not only hard on their self-esteem and self-concept, but also tough on parents and family life.