All children and young people are different and react to life in different ways. While some children find it hard to control their behaviour/emotions, some are naturally more reserved. Many young children develop noticeable patterns of behaviour when they feel anxious while adolescents, as they become increasingly independent, can feel the need to separate psychologically from parents and other adults around them.
An assessment of a behavioural difficulty will often involve gaining a broad range of information from the young person, the parents, the teachers or any other adults involved. Often, these assessments involve an element of ‘chicken and egg’ investigation: for example, does a pupil have a literacy difficulty which undermines the ability to focus attention on reading-dependent topics in the classroom or, conversely, does the child have a difficulty in paying attention to such an extent that he/she is not able to acquire the skills of a fluent reader?