Tantrums in Young Children: When to Worry

On Monday December 9th, 2019, TTAC hosted a webinar presentation by Dr. Helen Egger. This informative presentation covered several important topics for caregivers and professionals working with young children and introduced attendees to the latest research on tantrums in young children. 

Dr. Egger’s presentation began by focusing on common questions that face parents and all who care for young children: when should I worry about young children’s behaviors, emotions, and development? How do we distinguish between normative variation and clinically significant symptoms? How common are mental health disorders in preschool children? How can we identify these challenges and treat them?

With these questions in mind, Dr. Egger discussed tantrums in children ages 2-5 years old, drawing from her clinical expertise and data from her longitudinal community studies of preschoolers. In this discussion, attendees learned about:

  • The boundaries and characteristics that differentiate “typical” tantrums and “clinically-significant” tantrums,
  • The association of tantrums with different disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and disruptive behavior disorders in the preschool period and in middle childhood,
  • Research translating into practice: how her research helped contribute to a new diagnosis in the DC: 0-5 and her development of a new screening tool for tantrums.

Presenter: Helen Egger, MD Arnold Simon Professor, Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University Langone Health (NYU LH), and Director of the NYU Langone Child Study Center.

Resources:

Presentation Slides 

Webinar Recording