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What causes temper tantrums in tweens?

What causes temper tantrums in tweens?

Unmet wants: Just like toddlers, tweens will have tantrums when they do not get what they want. If tantrums work, you will see a lot of them. Usually you have a few seconds warning. Decide quickly how important the issue is. If you would give in after a tantrum, give in before it occurs. If you will not give in, let the tantrum occur and be strong. Thus, no tantrums will be rewarded. ...Read more

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Temper Tantrums (Definition)

A temper tantrum is an event in which a child is angry and cries, screams, hits, kicks, and/or throws himself onto the ground to get things done his way from Mom, Dad, or another family member. Temper tantrums are loud, especially in public places, but are best ignored and politely handled from ...Read more


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What causes temper tantrums in kids?

What causes temper tantrums in kids?

See below: Temper tantrums are an immature response to anger and frustration. Children may respond this way when they have limits placed on a particular behavior. ...Read more

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What causes temper tantrums?

Read on: If it is the two year old it is the inability to express their needs, as well as it is the developmental time when the self is taking over ignoring all but their own need. I guess it's the same etiology for teens and all ages. ...Read more

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What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

Varied : Some children, with or without autism, react poorly to artificial colors, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives. These and certain foods can be found on the feingold diet. Other children seem have negative responses to dairy and/or wheat proteins and others do not do well if their sugars fluctuate. Speak with your provider and visit some of the websites for autism to get more information. ...Read more

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What tends to trigger anger outbursts in children?

What tends to trigger anger outbursts in children?

Setting no limits: Children need boundaries. When none are given, they become spoiled, angry, out of control, hating the world and everyone in it. Responding to every outburst with a calm, "no" and a reasonable punishment will reinforce there are limits/boundaries that are not to be crossed. They will learn not to do that. Calm patience and consistency is all you need. More about teaching the adult then the child. ...Read more

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What to do about escalating aggression in blind autistic teen. Puberty or mental illness?

What to do about escalating aggression in blind autistic teen. Puberty or mental illness?

Tough question: It could be a combination of both the underlying mental condition and possible hormonal involvement. Have a childhood behavioral specialist examine him and help you out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes OCD in teens?

What causes OCD in teens?

OCD cause: Speculation is that it is a combination of genetic vulnerability and interaction with environment. In young people strep infections might lead to OCD symptoms, but antibiotic treatment has not been effective. ...Read more

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What are the causes of my child's naughty behavior?

What are the causes of my child's naughty behavior?

Belief system: We do everything for infants when they cry.This sets up a belief system that we are their servant & only exist to please them.When they begin walking we begin to ignore them, since they can get around & play.They don't like it.Acting out is an amplification of crying behavior.They do it to get noticed & get their way.Parents may find it cute & send a smile their way while saying no-this confuses. ...Read more

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What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in autistic children?

What are effective ways to correct bad behavior in autistic children?

No one simple answer: Due to the extremes in variability in ability to communicate in this multifaceted disorder, there is no one correct way to achieve the teaching you desire to correct bad behavior. Even the premise "bad behavior" is often in the eye of the beholder. Generally one must use the most effective communication form and direct the child away from the undesirable action. There can be many strategies. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate between oppositional defiant disorder and just "bad" behavior in 4 year old boy?

How can you differentiate between oppositional defiant disorder and just "bad" behavior in 4 year old boy?

What's "bad"?: Odd is a description of how a child interacts with others by being negative and resistant. "bad" is a moral judgment that can be associated with lots of behaviors. Unacceptable behaviors needed effective correction, hopefully from loving parents who see the good in their child even when the behavior is bad. ...Read more

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What are the developmental milestones from 11 to 17 years old?

What are the developmental milestones from 11 to 17 years old?

Progress/independenc: We use developmental milestones largely up until age 4 or 5 to identify those with preschool deficits that can be helped.School then begins to challenge & identify those making progress toward independent thought & responsibility.The ability to master skill sets & accept responsibility for completing tasks at a peer equivalent basis demonstrates that process, . ...Read more

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What causes nightmares in kids?

What causes nightmares in kids?

Stress and anxiety: Nightmares are sleep disruptions that include frightening content and are especially common in early childhood. Often these experiences are influenced by stressors that occur during waking hours. The course and development of nightmares are largely dependent on developmental level and are present throughout childhood (journal of clinical child psychology, 2000). ...Read more

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Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Your's : Your's child's behavior is obviously disrupting his life as well as yours. It sounds like you have tried some behvior modification techniques and haven't been successful. The first place to start is with your pediatrician to help guide you to resources in your area for child psychologists or developmental/ behavioral pediatric specialists. These specialist can help determine if this is a simple behavioral problem that can be managed with behavioral techniques or if there he has a disorder such as odd, adhd. It sounds like it's time to ask for help. ...Read more

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3yo girl: extreme anxiety, violent temper tantrums, scary smart, obsessive OCD type behaviors, night terrors. Should I have her checked out?

3yo girl: extreme anxiety, violent temper tantrums, scary smart, obsessive OCD type behaviors, night terrors. Should I have her checked out?

Start by giving her: pediatrician a list of specific behaviors, e.g., screaming, hitting, biting, lining up toys, insistence. on routine, + onset, duration, immediate precipitants & consequences for each behavior to guide referral to a developmental/behavioral pediatrician to assess for Autistic Spectrum Disorder or child psychiatrist for mental illness vs. ASD. Also get a (neuro)psychological evaluation & therapy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autism tantrums and normal tantrums?

What is the difference between autism tantrums and normal tantrums?

A rose is a rose; : a tantrum is an outburst of temper with screaming, hitting, kicking, etc. typically used by kids with limited language to obtain a desired object or avoid a non-preferred task. Ignoring tantrums & modeling developmental-age-appropriate self-calming skills extinguishes tantrums in neurotypical toddlers. Kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder require intensive, repetitive behavioral therapy ...Read more

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Why does my 9y/o girl w/severe autism eat her feces? Aggressive, non-verbal but sweet/affectionate. She digs in pants. SIB/tantrums/sensory/no MR/meds

Why does my 9y/o girl w/severe autism eat her feces? Aggressive, non-verbal but sweet/affectionate. She digs in pants. SIB/tantrums/sensory/no MR/meds

Bizzarre behavior: This may be a self soothing mechanism like rocking, other consoling mechanisms. Her severe autism leaves her without the normal social negative reinforcement of neurotypcal kids, meaning, she doesn't have the social awareness to remind her to stop the behavior. You may have some degree of success with social skills training with a therapist. Never spank her. Positive reinforcement works best! ...Read more

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Why would a child laugh while being aggressive/attacking parent during a severe temper tantrum? (7 y/o boy with aspergers)

Why would a child laugh while being aggressive/attacking parent during a severe temper tantrum? (7 y/o boy with aspergers)

Part of disorder: Part of the disorder is inappropriate emotional responses to situations.Laughter to a boy with asperger's is not the same laughter as you and i would interpret it. That it what is so hard for all of us to understand with these kids, because we interpret our environment and situations one way, and it's a totally different world and experience for these kids. Often altered sensations to pain as well. ...Read more

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What are the causes to exhibiting antisocial behaviors?

What are the causes to exhibiting antisocial behaviors?

Nature & nurture: The cause of antisocial personality disorder is unknown. Inherited genetic traits probably play a role, but dysfunctional family life and circumstances / environment also appear to increase antisocial behaviors. ...Read more

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My 3 year old's behavior is becoming extreme. He is defiant, very easily frustrated, screams and throws tantrums. It really seems abnormal to me. ?

My 3 year old's behavior is becoming extreme. He is defiant, very easily frustrated, screams and throws tantrums. It really seems abnormal to me. ?

Talk to Pediatrician: Generally, we advise placing the child in a safe place and ignoring the tantrums.Then give your child a hug when done, promoting the reward of not behaving so.. And discussing this with your pediatrician should be helpful. ...Read more

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Tantrums (Definition)

Tantrums are an uncontrolled outburst of anger or frustration. They typically in ...Read more