A lot of new parents with toddlers and preschoolers wonder, “When is it time to get my child help for behavioral or developmental issues?” When you are concerned about your child’s behavior or development, friends or even pediatricians may shrug their shoulders and say, “ignore it for now- she’ll grow out of it.” But sometimes, you need to listen to your instincts.

You are your child’s first line of defense… especially if you are worried about losing valuable time in key developmental stages. You may be right to worry about your child’s future of falling behind in school or struggling with friends. Orr how it is disrupting your family.

Is your toddler or preschooler more active, more aggressive, or less empathetic or affectionate than other children? Does she have signs of food pickiness, excessive tantrums, difficulty around other children or adults, separation issues, or act fearful or anxious in new situations? Does he have sleep issues that are keeping you awake that end up with your child in your bed…or you in theirs?

Some behavioral or developmental issues are “bumps” in the road and brief support and guidance can get you back on track.  Many disorders and mental illness issues run in families and surface in childhood. Early intervention may help your child’s lifelong prognosis. Does mental illness run in your family, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) or past trauma or grief? Does a relative struggle with alcohol or drugs? Are you worried about delayed developmental or learning problems or autism?

Call to see how we can help. Dottie Melton is specialized in early childhood (toddler and preschool), behavioral issues and emotional disorders, parenting, communication and family issues.