Our psychologists for children also provide behavioral assessments. As a parent, you can be concerned about aggression, talking back , shyness or unexplained fears in your child. At home you may see temper tantrums, sibling rivalry, lying or just plain disruptive behavior. On the other hand, schools could be complaining about your child's conduct, physical or verbal aggression, bullying or having difficulty making or maintaining friends.
It is important to identify and stop these behavior patterns before they grow into more serious problems over time. It may require just a loving and stable relationship between parents and children or may need a professional intervention. A behavioral assessment of the child by a psychologist can help determine the possible causes of behavioral problems and appropriate course of action to break through the cycle of bad behavior.
A behavioral assessment by a child psychologist is helpful in diagnosing Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and other specific behavioral disorders. These disorders pose a tremendous challenge to families, schools and society.
However, early detection and intervenion is the most effective method to treat these problems. An evaluation by a child psychologist can help plan strategies to improve the behavior, develop self-esteem & self-control and equip your child with necessary skills to be successful in life.
Selecting the right professional is very crucial for diagnosis and treatment of a problem. It is important to understand the differences between a Psychologist, a Psychiatrist, a Counselor, a Therapist, a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Social Worker. Please go through our "How to Select a Therapist" section to learn about the main differences among various mental health professions.
Our practice of psychologists is conveniently located in the heart of Northern Virginia and we serve Gainesville, Manassas, Centreville, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Chantilly, Reston, Herndon, Dulles, Sterling, Ashburn, Leesburg, Woodbridge, Dumfries, Quantico, Triangle, Haymarket, Warrenton and other areas in Prince William County, Fauquier County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Culpeper County, and Washington DC.