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Child Development and Behavior

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We get that being a kid isn't always easy. Childhood is filled with unique challenges, and kids react to them differently. Sometimes kids and parents need extra support to navigate the tough times — that's why our kid-focused experts are here to help. If your child struggles with cognitive, developmental, emotional or behavioral issues, you're not alone. Our specialists bring expertise and compassion to children, teens and families who need it most.

What Is Child Development and Behavioral Health?

Child development and behavior are related to the changes your child goes through both physically and mentally. This can include social, emotional, thinking, communication and behavior skills. Your pediatrician can determine milestones that your child should be hitting as they grow.

Child Development and Behavior Conditions

Development and behavior problems can make it harder for your child to learn or make friends. Our pediatric team of experts specializes in treating behavioral and developmental conditions that affect children and adolescents, including:

  • Academic struggles
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Anxiety
  • Attention issues
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Developmental problems
  • Global developmental delay
  • Learning disabilities
  • Motor delays
  • Self-harm
  • Substance abuse
  • Syndromic/chromosomal disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury

Child Development and Behavior Screening and Treatment Options

At Banner Children's, we offer a wide range of screening and treatment services, including:

  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Medication
  • Therapeutic activities

Banner Academy: Serving Phoenix-Area Kids with Emotional or Learning Challenges

Banner Academy educates children with learning and emotional issues, including Asperger's syndrome and autism-spectrum disorders. Learn more here.

Mental Health in Children and Adolescents

Mental health in children and adolescents can include depression, anxiety and more. Whether they are undergoing surgery, illness or just living their daily life, it’s important to understand your child and the state of their mental health. Find out more about mental health.