All children can exhibit behaviours of concern. It is important to view this as a means of expression or as an attempt at communication. In a child with epilepsy, it could also be related to fear or anxiety about having a seizure, antiseizure medication side effects, direct or indirect association with seizures.
Where a child is experiencing considerable frustration, perhaps due to difficulties learning or inability to effectively communicate, this may be shown in ways that can be seen as ‘naughty’ or ‘disruptive’.
It can take time to understand why a child is using a specific way of behaving (or ‘acting out’) to communicate. A range of professionals may need to provide assistance.
If your child is depressed, very anxious or using behaviours of concern that you find hard to manage you may want to access professional support.
Click here to read about epilepsy and behaviour in children.
Click on the video to hear Dr Maria Kangas explore behaviour as a means of communication.
Behaviour as communication