This guide is useful on three levels:

1. It can help reassure you that your child’s behaviour is normal for his/her age and stage of development.
2. It can assist you in knowing when to seek help or extra support.
3. It can help you identify practical and useful coping strategies and direct you to resources and supports in your community.

Something to keep in mind: A team involving parents, teachers, school support staff (psychologists, social workers, guidance counsellors, behavior resource teachers, speech-language pathologists, child and youth workers), public health nurses, doctors, and other health practitioners is often required to provide the best assistance to children and adolescents.



A child’s difficult behaviour can create a lot of stress. Even more than the frustration felt by us as parents, we must empathize and recognize that our child’s difficult behaviour creates tremendous stress for him/her as well. Additional strain is felt by teachers, coaches, friends, and others in the child’s social environment. For example, the child or his/her siblings may be teased by others. The more difficult or unusual the behaviour, the more tension caused for everyone involved in the child’s life.

As a parent, at some point, you may ask yourself, “Is my child’s behaviour normal? "Should I seek help?” In many cases, behavioural disturbances are a temporary and normal part of growing up. In others, they may reflect a mental disorder—a disturbance of brain functioning that causes problems with mood, behaviour, or thinking, which only a medical professional can diagnose.

This tool is designed to direct you to resources and coping strategies that are recommended by Healthy Minds Canada’s team of professional contributors to our When Something’s Wrong resource handbook as well as suggestions shared by other parents and caregivers.

This tool is designed to equip you with valuable coping strategies and navigation tips to assist you as you plan your family-driven care.

Here are the steps you’ll take:

  • Once you click the “Get Started” Button you’ll be asked to enter your email, create a username and choose & confirm a password.
  • In the same window, you’ll be asked to enter the age, gender, and home province of your child/the child in question. You’ll have the option to create a nickname for your child (you can create as many child profiles in your account as you like).
  • Next you’ll be asked if you’d like to add another child. Feel free to do this now, if applicable, or return later to add another child to your account.
  • On this page, you can start creating your child’s complete profile by clicking on “His/Her Story”.
  • You will then be asked a series of behavioural and physical traits that apply to your child (may take between 4 to 15 minutes)
  • Based on your answers, you’ll be directed to a diagnostic subject matter that correlates to the behaviours you’ve indicated present in your child.
  • To learn more about a disorder, please click on the magnifying class.
  • From there, you can chose to learn more about the behavioural characteristics associated with your selection.
  • Click “continue” to view coping strategies from our When Something’s Wrong resource handbook. Peer suggestions are also available here.

This section will grow as other parents offer tips that work for them. Use these suggestions – and share your own – to create your own, personal “My Strategy” tip sheet!








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