Here's Why Your Child's OCD Might Affect His or Her Performance in the Classroom

Does your child suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder? One in 100 children is diagnosed with OCD, and the condition can have a serious impact on how they perform in a classroom environment. The first step to improving your child's behavior is understanding why they do what they do. From that will come an understanding of how and why the disorder may cause problems with their schooling.

At Scottsdale Pediatric Behavioral Services in North Scottsdale, Arizona, our trained staff provides behavioral assessments and treatment to provide your child with the tools they need to thrive at school. Early intervention and treatment can boost the child’s performance and make them more enthusiastic about learning.

Recognizing OCD behaviors in children

Most people have a general understanding of obsessive-compulsive disorder, but it can manifest differently in children. Most children with OCD exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

These thoughts and behaviors are hard for children to control, especially since they don't understand that their behaviors are irrational. They are too young to use logic to calm themselves, so they simply repeat certain behaviors they feel they can control until they feel more secure.

Unfortunately, this can lead to disruptions in the classroom, including distracting behavior, tantrums, and repetitive questions.  

Other symptoms of OCD

Children with OCD might also exhibit behaviors that might not appear to be obsessive or compulsive at first glance. These are, however, a direct result of their OCD.

These behaviors include:

Teachers might mistake one or more of these behaviors for ADHD, but they are simply another feature of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Tackling OCD in children starts with diagnosis. Once your child has a diagnosis, they can begin receiving treatment and therapy to help them cope with their condition in a more healthy manner. Parents can also learn methods to "unstick" their children when they get caught up in certain thoughts and behaviors. In addition, teachers can make allowances for children with OCD, such as private testing environments and new seating arrangements.

If your child is struggling at school due to their OCD, you can find help by calling Scottsdale Pediatric Behavioral Services at 480-410-4040 or booking an appointment online.

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