Child mental health

Parenting 101.

Parenting is an active process that facilitates the emotional, social and intellectual development of a child. Bringing up a child can be challenging at times. Parenting can sometimes seem like a daunting task, especially when things do not go your way. This article will help you understand your parental role better. There are three key…

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What is Oppositional defiant disorder

Disruptive, aggressive and oppositional behaviour in children often leads to distress in the family unit. When children begin "acting up" parents often resort to punitive strategies which end up making the behaviour worse. Although  ODD  can begin as early as  3  years of age,  it is typically noted by  8  years of age and usually…

Depression in children

Children as young as 4 years old can develop a depressive illness. The incidence of depression increases with age. Children experience depression slightly differently when compared to adults. This article will help you identify depression in your child. Depression is different from normative sadness. All sadness isn't depression, and children can be depressed without appearing…

What are autistic spectrum disorders ?

Autism spectrum disorders or (ASD) are a cluster of neurodevelopmental disorders that are characterised by social/communication impairment and the presence of restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour. ASD include autism, pervasive developmental disorder, and Asperger's syndrome. What are the symptoms of ASD ? Symptoms in ASD are often present before three years of age. Earlier identification…

What is Attention-deficit/hyperactivity ?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder that can be treated. As the name suggests, it is characterized by symptoms such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. Although the symptoms of Attention-deficit/hyperactivity begin in childhood, it can lead to continuing issues in adolescence and adulthood. What causes Attention-deficit/hyperactivity ? ADHD is a…

What are specific learning disabilities?

Specific learning disability(SLD) is an umbrella term used to describe deficits in academic functioning that may manifest itself as a difficulty in speaking, reading, writing, spell, or in understanding or performing mathematical calculations. SLD commonly manifests as difficulties in Reading (called dyslexia)Writing (called dysgraphia)ListeningSpeakingReasoningMath (called dyscalculia)Or a combination of the above. What are the symptoms…

What is intellectual disability ?

Shyam was a low birth weight baby. His mother noticed that when compared to his elder brother, Shyam took a little longer to start talking. When Shyam started school, it would take him longer to learn to read and write when compared to his peers. It took him much longer than his brother to be…