21 Strange Things About Children’s Behavior That May Indicate a Psychological Disorder

21 Strange Things About Children’s Behavior That May Indicate a Psychological Disorder

Boys tend to have
developmental disorders 2 times more often than girls. The risk factors for
these often differ, but can include: prematurity, complications during
childbirth, sickness during pregnancy, low birth weight, and many others. Any
disorder has the ability to make the future life of a child much harder and
should be diagnosed during early childhood. It’s important to diagnose it as
soon as possible in order to treat it and get rid of it.
We at Bright Side researched
and found out about the signs of the most widespread developmental disorders:
autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and hyperactivity.

Autism

Symptoms of autism can be
observed as early as the age of 2, and by the age of 5 the symptoms usually
become even more noticeable. This is when it is usually diagnosed.
Interestingly, according to statistics, girls have autism 4 times less often
than boys.
Despite the popular
stereotype, autism doesn’t mean that people can’t develop and do what they
love. The main problem they have to deal with is difficulty communicating,
especially with people they don’t know. It is important to understand that the
symptoms of autism can be decreased if treated properly.
You can recognize this
disorder if you notice that a child is behaving strangely, for example:



21 Strange Things About Children’s Behavior That May Indicate a Psychological Disorder

  • They are scared of
    communicating with people they don’t know and during a conversation, they can’t
    maintain the eye contact. They are unable to feel empathy and can laugh when
    someone is crying or vice versa.
  • They do automatic things like
    tapping on a surface for as long as possible, swinging like a pendulum, or
    placing toys in rows based on a principle they’ve made up themselves. They do
    not get bored and can keep doing these things for hours. Their eyes usually
    look empty when they are busy with something like this.
21 Strange Things About Children’s Behavior That May Indicate a Psychological Disorder

  • They don’t understand social
    context: they behave the same at home, at school, while grocery shopping, or
    anywhere else. They communicate with everyone in the same way and can be
    impolite with older people.
  • They can’t learn to use
    non-verbal language. They don’t understand the body language of other people
    and they mostly don’t use any gestures. In the most severe cases, they don’t
    use any facial expressions.
  • They are scared of any change.
    If you move furniture, this can lead to a panic attack. The same goes for food,
    the way you take to school, and other things the child is accustomed to.
21 Strange Things About Children’s Behavior That May Indicate a Psychological Disorder

  • They have well-developed
    receptors: they love touching things and they can sense the slightest smells.
    They often stare at wood textures, rocks, and other materials. They have a very
    high pain threshold and might pinch their own skin just to see what happens.


Attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder


The acronym for this one is
ADHD. Despite the popular stereotype, this disorder can only be found in
children who are over 4 years old, and only if the signs are observed from day
to day. If you think you see symptoms, but only rarely, it means that your
child is absolutely normal. This disorder can be successfully treated, often
using medical methods.
According to statistics, ADHD
is often diagnosed in twins and premature children. Also, boys are at risk:
they have this disorder 3 times more often than girls.
The influence on the life of
an adult person with ADHD is not huge: these people usually make quick
decisions, they are anxious, and they can be annoying to other people. It is
also hard for them to do boring work.
It’s easy to diagnose ADHD.
Just pay attention to these indicators in a child’s behavior:
21 Strange Things About Children’s Behavior That May Indicate a Psychological Disorder

  • They can’t sit still, they
    don’t stop moving, they look around everywhere, and act like they have an
    engine inside them. And their actions don’t really have a purpose: they just
    grab whatever they can get their hands on, throw it away in the next moment,
    and take something else.
  • They can’t concentrate on
    something boring for a long time like cleaning or doing homework. But they can
    play computer games and do other things for hours.
  • They are often distracted by
    things outside. For example, they might be busy doing something and then just
    freeze if they see something really bright through the window.

21 Strange Things About Children’s Behavior That May Indicate a Psychological Disorder

  • They can’t control their own
    emotions. They might get hysterical just because they don’t want to stay in a
    line or they might have arguments with relatives over nothing. They sometimes
    say really bad words and several minutes later come back to apologize.
  • In school and kindergarten,
    they interrupt other students and even teachers. If they are taking a test,
    they usually don’t finish reading the questions (they don’t have enough
    patience for that) and just give random answers.

Dysgraphia

This disorder prevents
children from learning to write correctly. It is seen pretty often and doesn’t
really impact people’s adult lives. It is mostly found in children who already
have eye or ear problems or who have ADHD.
It’s possible to get rid of
this disorder by having the child do exercises to develop their fine motor
skills, and make the muscles in their hands stronger.
You can diagnose dysgraphia by
observing the following signs:

21 Strange Things About Children’s Behavior That May Indicate a Psychological Disorder

  • When writing, children always
    confuse similar sounds.
  • They might add letters to
    words that, in fact, should not be there, they might change the position of
    syllables, or even skip them completely.
  • When they write their words
    blend together (especially the prepositions).
21 Strange Things About Children’s Behavior That May Indicate a Psychological Disorder
On the left: the handwriting
of a 23-year-old person who was diagnosed with dysgraphia at the age of 10.
On the right: the handwriting
of a person who has just been diagnosed with dysgraphia.

  • It’s really hard to read what
    they write. Even if they try hard and write slowly, the letters are still
    illegible.
  • In the most severe cases,
    children speak incorrectly too.
Dyslexia

According to statistics,
70-80% of people who have trouble reading actually have dyslexia. The disorder
is usually innate and can be treated if a child sees a specialist in time.
Dyslexia can’t be diagnosed any earlier than the age of 10-11.
Dyslexia doesn’t cause much
trouble in adult life, aside from having difficulty reading fast. Sometimes,
the idea of being dyslexic is scary for other people, so people might try to
hide their disorder and be a little shy. This behavior is considered to be
normal.
You can diagnose dyslexia if a
child has these symptoms:



21 Strange Things About Children’s Behavior That May Indicate a Psychological Disorder

  • They read really poorly, even though
    their other skills (in math, art, and even writing) are okay. Their IQ is
    usually normal or even high, so intelligence and dyslexia are not connected.
  • They refuse to practice
    reading and just say that they don’t want to do it. They might get really dramatic
    if parents push them too hard.
  • They can read, and maybe even
    do it fast, but they can’t tell you what they just read because they don’t
    understand the meaning of the text.

21 Strange Things About Children’s Behavior That May Indicate a Psychological Disorder

  • They can be daydreamers, so
    you may have to ask them something twice. They sometimes don’t notice the
    things around them. As a result, they can be insecure and they try to find
    themselves in some kind of art (like music, acting, and so on).
  • They often hold pencils or
    pens the wrong way. For example, they hold a pen between the ring and the
    middle finger and attempts to teach them the right way are useless.
Maybe you know or have seen
people who have children with these disorders? Tell us about the difficulties
they have to face in the comment section below.





SOURCE: BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.