Although all the testing in the world can’t capture the whole story of a child’s behavioral concerns, the correct testing can provide valuable insight to help each child succeed.
Reaching a diagnosis can be an arduous journey because there’s a lack of understanding about how the symptoms and diagnoses vary between boys and girls. The statistics and behaviors often indicate a need for testing, but because the types of issues present differently in each person, it can be a long process before a label is presented to parents and caregivers.
When diagnosed with a broken leg, there is a standard routine for a doctor to render care. However, this is not the case for children with behavioral issues.
In the past when a child’s behavior was reported as “belligerent,” “willful” and “uncooperative,” by school teachers, the child’s behavior was blamed on the parents. Now, research suggests that children be referred to specialists who can assess underlying issues that may be influencing behaviors.
For example, a child who experiences an expressive language delay may use physical means to communicate, rather than have the skill to use words to talk about frustration.
A child with dyslexia may toss a pencil across the room or refuse to do homework, because the motor skill needed to hold the pencil or form words properly is hard.
A child with ADHD may not be able to sit still, regardless of how appealing the positive reinforcement is.
Despite the advances in research, scientists have learned that testing across a range of activities is needed to gain true insight into where deficits are. Knowledgeable professionals will be familiar with the most current information and procedures that are needed to properly assess a specific child’s needs.
They will complement testing with appropriate support services such as therapies and counseling to help foster a child’s self esteem, overcome anxiety and related conditions, referred to as “co-morbid” conditions.
Children don’t come with instructions manuals. Knowing who to go to with questions about a children is half the challenge. From the data that is available, taking steps early in a child’s development to get the tests performed and interventions started can open more doors for a child’s future options.
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