My 8 year old son has become the class clown and is also very competitive at PE/recess (will chase a child down and wrestle the ball away even when the game is over). He is not hitting anyone. My son likes to make his friends laugh and thinks it's funny when he unties their shoes, tickles them, pokes them, etc. They think it's funny at first, but he overdoes it and doesn't pick up cues from the other kids when they're getting annoyed. He does this some at home with us, but when we tell him enough is enough, he stops. He also likes to be the boss with his friends and is very rules and routine oriented; His teacher says he acts like the class police officer. His teacher feels he needs psychiatric counseling and has hinted about medication to control his "impulsive" touching and clowning. Otherwise, he is an above average student (currently being screened for gifted), loves to be helpful, is obedient, and a people pleaser, is artistic and is well behaved at home. He can focus for long periods on tasks. He says he's extremely bored at school even though she gives him extra work. He has asthma and chronic sinus infections and has had to be on antihistamines, prednisone, and inhaled steroids off and on which do have various affects on his behavior. The teacher is aware of his medical issues. We believe it is a social and maturity issue, but his teacher seems to feel it's something far more serious. Should we be concerned about something serious?
It could well be that all that is required is a sound program of limit-setting and overall behavior management. The program would require daily feedback from the teacher to you and then you following up at home, with your son's access to privileges contingent on appropriate behavior at school. You would not be making a mistake by scheduling an appointment with a child psychologist to evaluate the situation and see if what your son is displaying is a normal-spectrum child behavior problem, or represents symptoms of an emotional condition.
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