My son will be 8 years old this week. He is extremely bright, making straight A's in every subject. His problem is his lack of control. He is disruptive in every class - PE, Music, regular class - even in the lunchroom! He talks out of turn, gets up out of his seat, does not seem to have the level of respect for other's belongings (sometimes even his own). He is normally a well behaved child at home. When he stays with friends or family they rave about how well behaved he is. Why won't he behave in school? It's like he has no self control. It's very frustrating for us as well as his teachers. It could be that he's not being challenged enough in class, but that doesn't explain why he acts out in PE or music or the lunchroom. We have tried everything - time outs, restriction from TV/Video Games, talking, yelling, even spanking - nothing works. How can we help our child learn to control his behavior? I'm afraid it will affect his academic future and he is too smart for us to let that happen. Help!!
Arrange for a mental health/behavioral health evaluation. Your son may display a neurologically-based condition, such as ADHD, which results in overactivity and impulsivity under certain conditions. On the other hand, this might simply be in the range of a behavior problem that requires systematic behavior management. And there are other possibilities as well. You will be on solid ground if you obtain an evaluation.
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