Early Childhood Conduct Problems

Early Childhood Conduct Problems

Violent kid fighting and hitting scared boy in parkEarly Childhood Conduct Problems are among the most prevalent and impairing behavior disorders affecting young children. The condition is characterized by a persistent pattern of serious rule violations, which can take the form of serious aggression, destruction of property, deceitfulness or threat. Young children with conduct problems repeatedly fail to take into account the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate norms. Parents of children suffering with conduct problems can struggle on a daily basis with child explosiveness and general unpredictability. Affected parents can often feel frustrated, helpless, ineffective, and even embarrassed as they struggle to manage their child’s very serious behavior problems. Accordingly, early intervention for conduct problems is critical.

cd3Does your young child show any of these difficulties?:

  • Often bullies, threatens, or intimidates others
  • Often initiates physical fights
  • Has been physically cruel to people
  • Has been physically cruel to animals
  • Has deliberately destroyed others’ property
  • Lies much more than other same-aged children to avoid obligations
  • Has stolen nontrivial items

If so, we can help!

Balancing stones with clipping pathEarly child conduct problems can be associated with considerable life impairment, reduced quality of life, and interference with family, school, and peer functioning. Further, when left untreated these early problems can be associated with subsequent criminality and substance use later in life. If you think your child may suffer from early conduct problems, please call us at 305-348-7836, or email us at TheMintProgram@gmail.com. We can help!