BEHAVIOR

Understanding Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorders of childhood. The disorder is estimated to affect between 3 and 7 percent of school-aged children (American Psychiatric Association). The core symptoms of ADHD are developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

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Managing the Behavior of a Child With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Much discussion has been focused lately on the behavioral characteristics of a child who has been prenatally exposed to alcohol and has been given the postnatal diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. At present, many researchers and clinicians are searching for a profile which will best describe the behavioral sequelae of FAS as well as methods to address the supposed behavioral excesses. Although the results of these searches do not yet provide a definitive behavioral profile, or "cluster" of behaviors that are descriptive of the syndrome, the day-to-day reality of raising a child with FAS has nonetheless led many to seek therapeutic interventions.

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Biological Influences on Behavior Problems

The day care center has called to let you know that your 2 year-old is biting her friends! You've always noticed that she bites when very frustrated, but it seems lately at home (and now at day-care) she's biting all the time. You don't know if her biting is from frustration, or wanting attention, or what. Regardless, the day care center is saying that she has to stop. What to do? Punish her when she bites? (That makes you uncomfortable.) Put her in "time-out"?

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