Exploring your child’s cause of behaviour problems | Unsafe lives

There are COVID-related cases at your child’s school. We’ve found that Covert is the most common indication for a child to be diagnosed with ADHD in Ontario; NA, or Neuro Behavioural Disorder appears to be quite common among boys; and education and ODD appear to be quite common among the teen population. If you have suspicions that your child may have a COVID diagnosis you can use this tool to track COVID cases at the school that your child attends. (You’ll need a password to access the search.)

Using this tool you’ll need to enter the name of your child’s school.

A COVID case is a diagnosis for which the child experienced more than one episode of behaviour problems during at least one developmental age in the past few years. Covert Diagnosis Cases are a subset of NDD cases.

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A COVID case is a diagnosis for which the child experienced more than one episode of behaviour problems during at least one developmental age in the past few years. Covert Diagnosis Cases are a subset of NDD cases. A co-occurring diagnosis would be significant evidence of Child Psychopathy or Classically Deformed Disorder. In both cases of COVID we prefer to evaluate the child in an Individualized Education Plan to give consideration to whether there is sufficient co-occurring criteria to warrant the diagnosis.

If we see a “co-occurring diagnosis” the child would be treated as having a Classically Deformed Disorder or Classically Child Psychopathy. If the child has multiple episodes of co-occurring diagnosable behaviours the diagnosis would reflect “multiple incidents and/or multiple diagnosis” and so treatment would be appropriate for all the diagnosis criteria.

Our threshold for COVID cases is generally high for Classically Deformed Disorder and Classically Child Psychopathy. An unequivocal diagnosis that a child has a Classically Deformed Disorder, for example, Adult ADHD while suffering from Covert symptoms and untreated NDD only requires an opinion from a single individual.

If we see a COVID case at the school for your child that has not met this threshold we recommend that your Child Therapist implement an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) to treat the child’s behaviours. The ITP will aim to provide targeted individualised interventions to treat the child’s behavioural symptoms. As a child might develop a secondary diagnosis in the future, the ITP may need to be modified as required.

While an Individualized Treatment Plan may be tailored to a child’s individual behaviour or symptoms, similar ITPs for other children may be similarly specific, so it is important that all practitioners consider the child’s need for group, individual or residential treatment when developing an ITP.

The provider or therapist who is currently treating the child should be asked about any prior treatment of the child (for example, group therapy) or any diagnostic assessments performed when the child was younger. The practitioner should also be asked about the child’s multiple diagnosis(s) and if any previously diagnosed ADHD, NDD, or Classically Deformed Disorder were subsequently diagnosed.

For a description of what a Child and Family Therapist (CFT) does, please refer to a page of information about the purpose of CFTs.

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