Often, we can put aside these behaviors as “typical teenager”. However, it is important to note that all of these can be signs of dysregulation in teens. As children age, the signs of dysregulation may not look like a meltdown, but instead look like avoidance, emotions, or self-aggression.
These behaviors are all signs that a teen may need more help regulating via co-regulation techniques from a parent or caregiver. Sometimes bigger kids need bigger supports as well. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your provider to discuss a change in teenage behavior or what supports they may benefit from - or what is available in your area.
When we teach children what dysregulation looks like, and how to get help or support we are positively impacting their future in so many different ways. While all of these may be common for teens, the fact that they are common does not change the fact that support and co-regulation are needed.