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Behavioral Issues Specialist

Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center

Naturopathic Medicine & Nutritionist located in Norwalk, CT & Southbury, CT

If your child struggles with behavioral issues at home or school and you’d like assistance, you can trust Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center in Norwalk, Connecticut, to provide exceptional care. Naturopathic physician Shyron Alston, ND, has extensive training in the principles of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy and is certified in positive behavior support. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Behavioral Issues Q & A

What are behavioral issues?

Behavioral issues occur when your child acts out, is disobedient at school, or behaves differently than their peers. Behavioral disorders usually involve patterns of disruptive behavior that last at least six months and cause problems at home, work, school, or in social situations. 

What are some reasons for behavioral issues?

Behavioral problems can result because of:

  • Family history of behavior problems
  • Past traumatic experiences
  • Physical, mental, or sexual abuse
  • Developmental disorders
  • Mental health conditions
  • Poor nutrition or sleep habits
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Anger management issues

Treatment with Dr. Alston at Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center helps your child improve their behavior and thrive at work, school, and in relationships with other people.

How does my doctor find the cause of behavioral issues?

To determine if your child has behavioral problems and discover possible causes, Dr. Alston discusses their medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle. She assesses your child’s growth patterns and asks questions to evaluate developmental, social, and emotional well-being. 

Dr. Alston completes a physical exam, behavioral assessment, and may recommend your child undergo blood tests or other diagnostic tests to detect or rule out underlying causes of behavior problems. Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center offers specialty testing to get a more in-depth assessment of the body’s biochemical processes.

What are the treatments for behavioral issues?

Depending on your child’s situation, Dr. Alston may suggest one or more of the following treatments for behavioral issues:

Lifestyle changes

Making simple lifestyle changes can improve your child’s behavior. Examples include setting a regular routine, changing up disciplinary strategies, eating healthy foods through personalized clinical nutrition, getting regular exercise, and ensuring your child gets enough sleep. Dr. Alston may suggest they take dietary supplements.

Therapy

Behavioral counseling helps children learn ways to better cope with anger management issues or their underlying cause. Dr. Alston has the experience and training necessary to improve behavior patterns in children of all ages. 

She is certified in positive behavior support, has extensive training in the principles of ABA therapy, and is comfortable and experienced in working with special needs populations.

Social therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, play therapy, speech therapy, or other therapies can enhance your child’s development and help them behave appropriately at home, school, and in social situations. 

Botanical medications

Sometimes taking medications may help improve behavioral problems or their underlying cause. Dr. Alston uses all-natural botanical (herbal) medicine containing plant materials as ingredients.

If your child struggles with behavioral issues, help is within reach at Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center. Call the office to schedule an evaluation or book an appointment online today.