Things to consider…
It is sometimes hard to determine if a child is just being a child or if there is a deeper problem at the core of a child’s behavior.
With children under 5, it is especially tough to determine if they may need some specialized help or if, as a family, you think you would all benefit from an outside perspective. Perhaps there has been a trauma in your lives, such as the loss of a loved one or something even more simple like moving to a new city. These changes can be traumatic for very young children.
Further, children develop at different rates and in different ways and what may seem like regular growing pains may be more than that. For example, if you have found your child has trouble playing with others, or you have noticed destructive behavior like breaking toys out of frustration, then you may want to consider seeking help. If your child bites or hits others or if they are always crying – or the opposite, showing no emotion – then an assessment with an Early Childhood Mental Health clinician may be beneficial to your family.