Special Needs

Understanding Preschoolers with Special Needs: Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Dealing with a defiant child

All preschoolers have times when they fight over toys, push or hit others, raise their voices, or have an occasional temper tantrum. These are normal for preschoolers because they do not yet have the language skills, social abilities, and problem-solving skills to help them cope when they become angry or tired. For some preschoolers and children, these negative behavior issues intensify and become more of a problem. Their patterns of aggressive and defiant behavior are heightened and go beyond what is normal for their age. These extreme behaviors are known as disruptive behavior disorders.

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