Behaviour

Behaviour


Introduction Behaviour

Although many children with CdLS have no significant behavioral problems, there are some conditions that make self-injurious behavior more likely to occur. They may also have strong reactions to ordinary stimuli that continue long after the stimulus is gone. Individuals with CdLS may also be dysrhythmic, meaning they have irregular patterns of behavior in the areas of eating, sleeping and emotional response.

Lack of sensitivity to pain and/or heightened sensitivity to touch suggests some individuals may have neurological impairment. They may also be prone to behavioral problems such as hyperactivity, short attention span, and oppositional or repetitive behavior.

Psychiatric Evaluations

Many of ordinary problems children have can be dealt with by a pediatrician who has developmental or behavioral experience. These would be minor problems with eating or sleeping, tantrums, or even hyperactivity.

Persistent behavioral difficulties, including hyperactivity that does not respond to medication, severe impulsive behavior, oppositional behavior, aggression, or self injury, may require treatment by a specialist in behavioral psychology or a child psychiatrist. The long-term treatment of serious behavior or emotional problems should almost always be the responsibility of a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and/or a behavioral specialist with experience in developmental disabilities

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