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Managing Behavior

Difficult Behavior

Highlights possible reasons and some simple tips to try

Having a child whose behavior is very difficult can put a huge strain on you. You might need help yourself. Speak to your health visitor team or GPs and check out the links below:

NHS Choices: Temper Tantrums 


Temper tantrums usually start at around 18 months and are very common at that age. One in five two-year-olds has a temper tantrum every day. One reason for this is that two-year-olds want to express themselves but find it difficult. They feel frustrated and the frustration comes out as a tantrum. 

The Hyperactive Children's Support Group (HACSG)

Children have tantrums because they can’t express themselves, so they cry, scream, kick and shout and even bite.  Tantrums happen for all sorts of reasons – being tired or hungry, wanting something they can’t have, or another child took a toy from them. It may also be a way of getting your attention so look for good behaviour and praise them as often as you can

NHS: Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. It includes Asperger syndrome and childhood autism.

Check out the video in which an expert explains the different types of autism spectrum disorder, a condition that affects how individuals interact with the world and other people. She also describes how the condition is diagnosed, and how parents can get the right information and support.

NHS Choices: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

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