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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

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May 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.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

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Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

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

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