School Problems

If your child has problems at school because of issues with their growth, development, or behavioral disorders, the expert team of board-certified pediatricians at Newport Children’s Medical Group, with locations in Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, and Laguna Beach, California, have solutions. They offer advanced treatments that help your child thrive in their environment. Schedule an appointment over the phone to learn more.

School Problems Q & A

What are school problems?

School problems for children often result from conditions or disorders that affect their ability to function socially, emotionally, cognitively, or physically. To offer them the best chance of thriving in their environment, see the specialists at Newport Children’s Medical Group for an evaluation.

What causes problems at school?

If your child experiences one or more of the following conditions, it can affect their behavior, social relationships, and grades at school.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a condition in which your child struggles to focus and pay attention at school, paired with impulsive behavior and hyperactivity.

Autism spectrum disorders

Autism spectrum disorders make it difficult for your child to interact and communicate effectively with other people. The disorders are characterized by repetitive behaviors, having few interests, behavioral problems at school, and having few or no friendships.

Temper tantrums

Temper tantrums often occur in young children. They consist of screaming and crying and can cause problems at home and in school.

Speech delays

Having a speech delay or impediment makes communicating at school difficult for children, which can affect their ability to effectively learn and get good grades.

Learning disabilities

Dyslexia and other learning disabilities can cause frustration at school and may affect your child’s grades.

Short stature or puberty disorders

Short stature and puberty disorders are a sign of hormone problems and can cause problems at school associated with feeling self-conscious or being ridiculed by peers.

Depression or anxiety

Constant sadness or feelings of fear and anxiety, including social anxiety, can cause problems with friendships, family members, and teachers.

Sleep disorders

Sleep disorders in children can affect the way they learn and behave in school. Sleep treatments can help eliminate school problems.

How are school problems diagnosed?

If your child experiences problems at home or school, see the experts at Newport Children’s Medical Group for an evaluation. They ask about your child’s symptoms, including how they behave at school.

Your child’s provider might complete blood tests, imaging procedures, and developmental evaluations to determine the root cause of school problems.

How are school problems treated?

Your pediatric specialist might recommend one or more of the following treatments for problems at school.

  • Taking medications
  • Group, family, or individual counseling
  • Hormone therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Physical, occupational, or social therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Special assistance at school

Your child’s pediatrician might recommend making your child’s daily routine more structured and encourage them to eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, and participate in daily physical activity.

Based on their diagnosis, your child might qualify for special assistance programs at school to help them achieve good grades and thrive in their environment.

Don’t let the underlying cause of school problems go undetected and untreated. Schedule an appointment with Newport Children’s Medical Group by phone today.