Some TSC families will experience challenging behaviours in their young children.  But often it is difficult to recognise these emerging behaviours and/or know how to best manage them.

On this page you will find:

  • TSA’s zoom education event, in which Dr Kate Thomson Bowe talks about recognising and understanding emerging or subtle challenging behaviours, including non-verbal communications (both the video and presentation slides are available).
  • Recommended sources of further information.

This information is particularly helpful to those with younger children who think they may be misunderstanding their child’s behaviours.

Please note: The opinions expressed are those of the presenter(s) and are not an official pronouncement of TSA.  Please consult your health professional before taking any action based on the information provided.

Video: Identifying emerging challenging behaviours in young children living with TSC
Presentation slides: Identifying emerging challenging behaviours in young children living with TSC
Further resources on childhood behaviours and TSC  Having a team – Early Childhood Intervention – NDIS

Teams might include:

  • Speech pathologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Psychologist or Behaviour therapist
  • Early childhood educator
  • Social worker Australian parenting website, information from experts, government-funded. Great topics, especially: Free, provides play helpers for children with disability while parents and carers engage in facilitated group to discuss, share experiences and access information and services in your local area.

  • Early engagement in a group setting and sharing experiences
  • Find a local group

Stepping Stone Triple P: positive parenting program

  • Range of formats including group seminars, primary care (short tailored support) or standard (8-10, hour-long sessions for the family)
  • Find a local provider


Writing social stories: strongly suggest asking child’s speech pathologist to help