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Pediatric Disorders of Regulation in Affect and Behavior, 2nd Edition by Georgia A. DeGangi

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Chapter 1

Problems of Self-Regulation in Children and Adolescents

Abstract

Parents and professionals have often puzzled over the importance of early regulatory problems in young children and their impact on the developing child. Most normal young infants show irregularities in negotiating sleep cycles, digestion, and self-calming which usually resolve around 6 months of age. However, some infants and children show persistent problems in sleep, self-consoling, feeding, and mood regulation (i.e., fussiness, irritability) which don’t resolve and may continue through life. As the infant grows into the toddler and childhood years, problems often become more evident. Difficulties with self-consoling, sleep, eating, attention, sensory processing, intolerance ...

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