Mental Health problems affect one in five children globally. Even though there is a high prevalence of mental health problems in preschool children, less than a quarter of those children get any professional help. Parents are the central support in seeking professional assistance for early behavior or emotional problems.
Some of the common misconceptions and barriers when it comes to seeking help are the belief that the child’s problem would improve by itself and the idea that parents are strong enough to handle the situation on their own.
Infants and toddlers experience many changes in a short period of time. They are simultaneously developing fine and gross motor skills while navigating their social and emotional world. During this rapid development, challenging behavior may occur as they are learning to assert control over their rapidly changing world.
The majority of the time this behavior is temporary. The child may replace the challenging behaviors with appropriate behavior as the child is being supported by parents and guardians to feel more in control or receiving what he or she desires. However, this might be more challenging for some children and it may take longer for them. At this point, family members and early childhood educators should seek additional support and assistance.