As a parent, you no doubt have concerns about your child’s ability to perform both in school and in life. Adding to this stress can be the fear of neuropsychological issues, such as autism, ADHD and other learning disorders. If you fear your child may be showing early signs of these struggles, it may be time to see a neuropsychological consultant.
Here are some potential signs that your child may be facing neurological issues, or need psychological assistance.
- Aggression, lashing out, frequent combative behavior.
- Non-compliance with commands given by authority figures.
- Inability or resistance to following rules or directions.
- Repetition, such as repetitive vocalizations, repetitive motions and actions, etc.
- Odd use of language, lack of proper vocalization or use of “word salad”.
- Out-of-place mimicking, such as recitation of a news or television show script when not prompted.
- Problems with engaging in conversation, either in beginning or maintaining one.
- Self-injury, either deliberate or as the result of a repetitive action.
- Sorting, stacking, lining up or counting items for long periods of time.
- Difficulty with or resistance to using fine motor skills, such as tying shoes, button coat, using utensils for eating, etc.
- Difficulty with or illegible handwriting
- Inability or diffuclty with transferring information from one place to another, such as from a classroom chalkboard to a notepad or test paper to a scantron.
- Issues with reading.
- Needing additional time to complete homework, class assignments or tests.
- Difficulty paying attention during even the most engaging activities or classes.
- Grades well below peers.
- Loss or forgetting to turn in assignments, even when completed.
- Difficulty with multi-step commands
- Frustration or a feeling of wanting to give up on school.
Social and Emotional Warning Signs
- Inability to understand jokes, sarcasm or non-literal language.
- Trouble relating to peers.
- Little or no interest in playing with others or preference for solitude during play.
- Irritability or inability to cope with anger or frustration.
- Difficulty with imaginative or role-play.
- Negative self-image, low self-esteem.
- No longer interested in things that used to stimulate or please them.
If your child is displaying several of these features, it may be time to seek the services of a neuropsychological consultant. They could be indicators of a serious condition that might need medical intervention, or simply one that could be aided through therapy and counseling. For help determining what your child’s individual needs may be or how you can help them, contact the office of New Jersey neuropsychologist, Dr. Joshua Shifrin.