Behavioral health issues are common in children, although they can also be very stressful for parents. The providers at Town Center Pediatrics in Northborough, Massachusetts, offer highly skilled diagnostic and treatment services for behavioral health issues. When you’re ready to get started, requesting an appointment is as simple as a phone call.
Behavioral health is an area of medical practice focused on identifying the ways that daily habits affect one’s life. If there are areas where improvements can be made, there are several treatment options to teach kids how to alter their choices and reactions in a way that enhances their quality of life.
Behavioral health involves both physical and mental health. Emotional and social health also factor into behavioral health.
If you notice changes in your child’s behavior or are concerned about delayed development or faltering social skills, please call the office to discuss these changes with your provider.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common behavioral disorders among children, although adults can also be affected. There are several types of ADHD, and knowing what to look for can help you know when to bring your child in for a personalized evaluation.
Some of the behaviors that can indicate ADHD include:
Some kids with ADHD display only a few symptoms, while others behave in a way that falls outside the norms each and every day. It’s important to note that all kids occasionally display these behaviors. But when your child’s behaviors persist over time or create tensions at home or at school, it may be time for a professional evaluation.
Autism is not a single condition but a term used to describe a collection of conditions. Each person with autism has a unique set of symptoms. Many are diagnosed during childhood.
Delayed speech development is a significant indicator of autism. A lack of eye contact or focused attention with parents is another sign. Older kids with autism are often hyper focused on specific interests, have little interest in playing with other kids, or perform repetitive behaviors like flapping their hands.
Your provider will evaluate your child at each well visit to determine if their verbal and social development are on par for their age.
Please call our office to speak with your provider to determine if a behavioral health assessment is needed.