Sorry to hear your daughter is having trouble in school. Behavioral struggles can be very tiresome and stressful especially when we as parents are unsure of what we can do to help. Most children act out or get frustrated from time to time, which makes it especially challenging to decide when or if we should seek help. I am not a mental health professional, but looking at how often a behavior occurs, how long it lasts or the intensity of the mood or behavior can be helpful. If problems go on for more than a few weeks or interfere with your child’s ability to be successful at school, or make or develop friends, it may be a good idea to check in with someone to discuss your concerns.
A couple of good places to start would be your child’s pediatrician or family doctor who can also refer you to a mental health professional for an assessment if they feel that is warranted. Another option would be to talk with your child’s teacher or school about your concerns. They can also do an evaluation if you would like. More information about that process can be found by clicking here.
You can also find more information about what to do, who to ask, what to share, if you are concerned about your child’s mental health on our website by clicking here.
There are also some great resources online such as Childmind.org that have a lot of great information about children’s mental health and behavioral struggles which may also be helpful.
You are the expert on your child and know your her better than anyone, so I would follow your instincts and seek help if you think your child may need it.
Good luck to both of you and be sure to contact us if you need additional information or support!