physical exam and
medical history. Your child's doctor will examine your
child and ask questions to help find out whether temper tantrums are part of
normal growth and developmental patterns or if it's possible that other
behavioral or medical causes are responsible.
To eliminate other behavioral or emotional problems as the
cause, the doctor may also ask you to complete a behavior assessment
questionnaire. Sometimes the child's care provider or school teacher is asked
to complete a similar form. Preteens and teens may be asked to complete a
questionnaire about their perception of their own behaviors. The doctor can use
the completed questionnaires to determine whether the child needs professional
help and whether you need help dealing with the child's behavior.