Behavioural and Emotional Difficulties (Children)

What are Behavioural and Emotional Difficulties?

Behavioural difficultiesNegotiating childhood is difficult, and arguably, being a parent and helping a child negotiate that path of childhood is even harder. All children from time to time will experience stress and distress. Further, all children and adolescents will sometimes misbehave or display behaviour that is difficult to manage, or perhaps distressing for the child/adolescent and those around them. However, for some children, unhelpful patterns of behaviour can develop and become more long lasting and more severe. They constitute more than just childhood mischief or ordinary adolescent rebellion.

Some children/adolescents might have problems with conduct, for example, physical violence, aggression, temper tantrums, defiance, lying, destruction of property, or other anti-social behaviour. Other children might have problems with eating, sleeping, toileting, repetitive habits such as hair pulling/head banging, or difficulties with attention or hyperactivity. Behavioural problems might be evident at home or at school, or in both environments. Behavioural difficulties often co-occur with emotional difficulties e.g. depression, anxiety, trauma. Indeed, these may be the root cause - children have a tendency to externalise their distress which can result in the observed behavioural difficulty.

At Purple House, we understand how difficult it is being a parent and we understand how distressing it is as a parent when difficulties arise with our children. We therefore aim to ensure that parents feel understood and supported as we work with them to help improve their child's behaviour and emotional well-being.


What is the Cause of Behavioural and Emotional Difficulties?

There are a huge range of factors which can contribute to behavioural problems and there is often more than one factor in any individual situation. These may include biological factors (e.g. genetic vulnerabilities, pre/post-natal complications, illness, injuries, intelligence), psychological factors (e.g. temperament, poor self-esteem, insecure attachment, unprocessed trauma, distorted thinking styles, dysfunctional coping mechanisms) and social or environmental factors (e.g. parenting styles, inconsistent parenting, family stresses, social disadvantage, sibling rivalry, school stresses).


Help for Behavioural and Emotional Difficulties

At Purple House, we offer a range of different services aimed at helping improve a child's/adolescent's emotional and behavioural well-being. These may include therapies (for a full list, click here), advice and support to parents and consultancy/liaison with schools and other organisations involved with a child. We also offer specialist services for under 5s and for Looked After Children. An initial consultation will be required to discuss the most appropriate form(s) of help for each child and their family.

Please contact us for further information.



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