It’s easy to know as a parent when to call your pediatrician about fevers, coughs, and sore throats.  It’s another story when it comes to your child’s behaviors, moods, and overall development.  How do you know if your child is really struggling in school or social situations?  It can be difficult to tell if your child’s awkwardness or outbursts are due to normal childhood nervousness and frustration, or a deeply rooted problem that may ease with behavioral analysis and ABA therapy

Early intervention is key when it comes to developmental disorders and behavior issues, so speaking with your pediatrician regularly about these things is important.  If your child isn’t meeting milestones, or you have other concerns, your pediatrician should take you seriously and refer you to someone who can address your concerns more thoroughly. 

Receiving a true medical diagnosis for an Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing disorder, or other disorder can help you better understand your child and how and why they react to different situations.  Knowing how to react to outbursts from your child or handle them can reduce stress for the entire family, and setting your child up to succeed in school by bringing concerns to your doctor or therapist will make life easier for everyone involved.

If your child is having issues at school, such as trouble concentrating or acting out, and the teacher brings those concerns to you, call your pediatrician and see what your options are.  Most of the time, therapy is more beneficial than medication alone.  Figuring out if your child has something deeper going on or if he or she is simply bored by the instruction and needs more is crucial.