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Behavioral Assessments for Children

Behavioral disorders involve a pattern of disruptive behaviors in children that last for at least 6 months and cause problems in school, at home and in social situations.

Behavioral disorders include:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Conduct Disorder

 Who is at risk

Children may be at greater risk for developing a behavior disorder if they have been exposed to violent or criminal behavior, have experienced harsh or inconsistent parenting, or when a parent has a mental health condition.


Behavioral disorders may involve:

  • Inattention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity
  • Defiant behavior
  • Drug use
  • Criminal activity

What you can do

Parents may find support through a family therapist. In the meantime, try to get to the root of the behavior – what are the causes of your child’s behavior? Be consistent in your expectations.

Preventive service at no cost

Children of all ages

All children should have developmental surveillance in primary care settings.

Why screening is important

Failure to adequately identify and address the behavioral health needs of children may lead to consequences throughout life including:

  • Substance abuse
  • Problems in school
  • Incarceration
  • Physical symptoms
  • Suicide
  • Unemployment

What the screening is

Assessment of child’s psychosocial and behavioral development during regular well-child doctor visits. It generally does not provide a diagnosis, just the need for further assessment.


Treatment will vary widely depending on a final diagnosis and the severity of the condition. GlobalHealth plans cover behavioral counseling at no cost. Other benefits are also available with some cost sharing.

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Additional tips

  • Create a home environment that is low on stress, safe, and supportive.
  • Encourage your child to talk about their thoughts, feelings, or difficult situations.
  • Create routines.