FAMILY QUESTIONS          Answer “YES” or “NO”
       
1. Do you find your child hard to raise?
 

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2. Do you find the child's behavior hard to understand?
 

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3. Are you often battling the child?
 

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4. Do you feel inadequate or guilty as a parent?
 

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5. Is your marriage or family life being affected by the child?  

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CHILD QUESTIONS

The headings below identify possibly difficult areas of your child's temperament (his or her innate makeup). Look for long-standing features, evident by the age of four. (Do not include recent problems. For those, refer to the "Is your child having problems now?" questionnaire.) It is important to be calm and objective when completing this questionnaire. Rate your child, in an overall way on each item, using the following scale:

0 = No problem (never present or just a little)
1 = Moderate problem (sometimes present)
2 = Definite problem (often present)
3 = Severe problem (nearly always or always present)

  Rate from 0 to 3

HIGH ACTIVITY LEVEL: Restless, squirmy, fidgety; always into things, "hyper," makes you tired; "ran before he walked"; easily overstimulated; trouble sitting still or playing quietly; "motormouth"; hates to be confined; easily gets wild or "revved up."

 

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POOR SELF-CONTROL: Acts without thinking; quick hot temper, easily frustrated; impatient, excitable; interrupts, calls out, doesn't await turn; grabs or pushes; can lose control and become aggressive; can suddenly take off.

 

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DISTRACTIBILITY: Has problems focusing and paying attention; trouble following instructions; doesn't "listen," tunes you out, daydreams; disorganized, forgetful.

 

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HIGH INTENSITY: Loud voice; forceful, overwhelming; strong emotions whether miserable, angry or happy, long tantrums.

 

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IRREGULARITY: Unpredictable body rhythms; can't tell when he'll be hungry or tired, resulting in conflicts over meals and bedtime.

 

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NEGATIVE PERSISTENCE: Very strong-willed, stubborn; defiant, oppositional; goes on and on nagging, whining, or negotiating if wants something; relentless, won't give up, wears you down; gets "locked in."

 

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LOW SENSORY THRESHOLD: Physically, not emotionally sensitive; highly aware of color, light, appearance, texture, sound, smell, taste, or temperature (not necessarily all of these); "creative," but with strong and sometimes unusual preferences that can be embarrassing; bothered by bright lights and loud noises; particular, picky; clothes have to feel or look right; doesn't like the way many foods look, smell, or taste; feels too cold (or too hot) when no one else does.

 

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INITIAL WITHDRAWAL: Shy and reserved with new adults and/or children; doesn't like new situations and unfa­miliar settings; holds back or protests by crying, cling­ing, or tantruming if forced to go forward.

 

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POOR ADAPTABILITY: Has trouble with transition and change of activity or routine; inflexible, notices minor details; gets used to things and won't give them up; can want the same clothes or foods over and over; "creature of habit"; even after initial response takes a long time to adapt.

 

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NEGATIVE MOOD: Serious, doesn't show pleasure openly; not a sunny disposition.

 

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WHAT YOUR RATING MEANS

FAMILY “YES”        CHILD                        CONCLUSION
   0-1                    +    4-7 points              =    Some difficult features
   2-3                    +    8-14 points            =    Difficult child
   4-5                    +    15 or more points   =    Very difficult child

 

Do you have a difficult child?

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