Beginning Signs of Emotional Disturbance in Young Children
The definition of emotionally disabled can be different from doctor to doctor or from school district to school district. If you have concerns that your child is emotionally disabled or emotionally disturbed there are some telltale signs that may validate your suspicion. Watch your child in social situations and see if your child has a hard time getting along with others. Even at a young age the behavior of isolation or of extreme aggression can be seen in most children. If this behavior goes on beyond the toddler stage, then the parent should look for other signs of emotional disturbance.
Even when your child is playing independently, look for aggression towards themselves or toys. If the child destroys the toys for no reason or is consciously trying to harm themselves by scratching or other signs of self-mutilization then you should be concerned enough to take them to a psychiatrist or doctor.
Some children act out because there is a problem in their life that they are afraid to discuss with their parents or other adults. Sometime questioning the child can bring out the problem that lies deep within. If the problem is held in long enough then child will act out in aggression or isolation.
If you see any of these signs and your child as they are growing up to not delay in going to a professional for help. If the problems become habitual or become part of the child's psyche, than the remediation of the problem will take longer and will probably turn into long-term therapy instead of simple behavior modification.
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