Many challenges arise with typically developing 3-4 year olds. So many parents ask, how do you know when it is time to seek professional help for my child? The aim of this article is to help parents determine when it is appropriate for the parent to seek professional help.
There are couple of things you can pay attention to in order to see if you 3-4 year old needs help from a mental health professional. One of the first things to look for is if your 3-4 year old is constantly tantruming for more than 90% of the things he/she wants or needs from a parent. Also, if you 3-4 year old is in danger of hurting himself/herself, or other, this is usually an indicator of needing professional help.
Another thing to look for, in terms of your 3-4 year old possibly needing help, is too watch for the development of physical symptoms (i.e. headaches, vomiting, and difficulty breath, swallowing, or sleeping). If your 3-4 year old wasn't having any problems with these things and then all of the sudden these are now issues, it is important to check for medical reasons that may be causing your child's behavioral issues.
The third thing to look out for is if your 3-4 year old is constantly putting himself/herself in danger, threatening others, and/or attempting to destroy things on a regular basis. Using these strategies above as a way to cope or problem solve for the majority of the time may be an indicator of something going on emotionally.
Ultimately, believe your institution if you feel that something is not right. It is better to have made the necessary attempts to get the help that you need than to watch things progressively get worse and worse.
Do you want to learn exactly how to eliminate your child's out-of-control and defiant behavior without using Punishments, Time-Outs, Behavioral Plans, or Rewards?When is it Time to Bring My 3-4 Year Old to a Qualified Mental Health Professional?