The Yale Medicine Child Study Center is committed to the healthy development and psychological well-being of children and families across the developmental lifespan. We see children of all ages, from birth through young adulthood, as well as new parents and families. Because we care about prevention as well as intervention, many families contact us for support during times of upheaval that impact their child’s development.
Most concerns fall into three overlapping categories: Feelings and thoughts upsetting to the individual, developmental delays, and behavioral challenges disruptive to others.
Thoughts and Feelings
- Anxiety, fears or worries that interfere with day-to-day life
- Depression or persistent and severe sadness, hopelessness, or loss of interest in formerly pleasurable activities
- Being the target of bullying
- Altered eating patterns or disrupted sleep
- Obsessive compulsive disorder or intrusive thoughts and compulsions
- Tic disorders (for example, Tourette’s syndrome), involuntary movements or actions that are disruptive to the person
- Seeing or hearing things that other people do not
- Difficulty adjusting to significant life events such as a move, divorce, death of a loved one, remarriage and blending families, and many more.
- Delayed development in motor and learning skills
- Language delays
- Difficulties with social function
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Down’s syndrome
- Aggression and anger
- Oppositional or acting-out behaviors
- Mutism (selective or total)
- School avoidance
- Hyperactivity, impulsivity, or problems with attention
- Bullying (either the perpetrator or the target)
- Extreme rigidity, controlling behaviors