Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Disruptive Behaviors: When Children “Fail” In School

Behavioral problemsDisruptive behaviors can truly damage a child’s education and social reputation. The behaviors are often in response to feeling a variety of emotions during the school day.

Most of the kids I see for therapy struggle with behaviors because of a lack of interest in the school subjects, lack of connection to teachers, and difficult relationships with peers.

In this article (and video), I discuss disruptive behavior disorders and an alternative view of children who struggle in school.

What is disruptive behavior disorder?

Disruptive behavior disorder includes a host of behaviors that interfere with a child’s overall functioning within the home, school, or community and sometimes all three settings. Disruptive behaviors make it difficult for kids to focus in school, follow rules, listen to parents, fall in line with other kids, and learn from mistakes.

Disruptive behaviors can be exacerbated by everyday stressors (such as management of homework and schedules) or complicated family dynamics (such as divorce, severe and untreated mental illness, and parent-child conflict). Disruptive behaviors can also damage a child’s reputation in the eyes of the school district. This can be very difficult for the child.


An alternative view of behavioral problems (part 2)

In this video, I discuss a different way to look at kids who are struggling in school with behavioral problems. I also highlight a different way to approach these kids.

An alternative view (part 3)

In this video, I discuss an email I received from a parent struggling with her child.


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As always, I wish you well

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States across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

To keep everyone at Anchored Child & Family Counseling safe, I will only be opening the office for in-person sessions 1 day of the week. The other days of the week will consist of teletherapy sessions until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated and corona virus cases have gone down.

My office assistant and I will be monitoring insurance policies for any changes to corona-related cost share, copayment, and coinsurance policies. I will be checking and rechecking insurance policies to ensure you will be covered for teletherapy. At this time, all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy into September 2020.

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Thank you



Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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