Aggression can be commonly mistaken for irritability and vice versa. It’s important to note aggression is a more extreme and escalated behavior where property damage or physical damage (to one’s self or to others) can be minor or major. Verbal threats of violence or hitting are surefire signs of aggression. Children who witness aggression are much more likely to become aggressive as adults. Have a plan in place to deescalate the situation or get in touch with your doctor and know what to do in case of an emergency.
For more information about how to handle aggression, how to develop a safety plan, and to learn about strategies you can put in place to handle aggression, reference our tips on behavior management.