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Conduct Disorder Specialist

ALIVE Education Management & Services

ABA Therapy and Student Concierge Services for Unique Learners located in Beverly Hills, CA and Woodland Hills, CA

Children may display behavior that seems harmful or antisocial, which might initially be shocking or angering, but there may be a deeper underlying cause worth considering. At ALIVE Education Management & Services in Beverly Hills and Woodland Hills, California, Los Angeles-based behavior analyst Shannon Stanford, EdD, BCBA, and the experienced team treat conduct disorder with individualized plans. With careful and compassionate assessment, they can identify the underlying causes of misbehavior. To set up a consultation, call ALIVE Education Management & Services or request an appointment online today.

Conduct Disorder Q&A

What is conduct disorder?

Conduct disorder is a behavior disorder that shows up in children and adolescents of school age. Largely characterized by antisocial behavior, it can cause major issues in the home and with academic performance. 

While the symptoms associated with conduct disorder might seem like typical bad behaviors for someone of the individual’s age, it’s possible they indicate a deeper underlying issue or have an unexpected cause that must be addressed with therapy. 

What are some common signs of conduct disorder?

Conduct disorder can take on a few different outward signs and indications. Behavioral assessments and treatment consultations may be helpful for individuals who exhibit behaviors like:

  • Irresponsibility
  • Missing school a lot
  • Stealing
  • Bullying or threatening others
  • Physical fighting
  • Using weapons
  • Running away from home
  • Break-ins
  • Sexually assaulting others
  • Arson


It’s important to approach children and adolescents who engage in these behaviors with patience and compassion, and that’s what the experienced providers at ALIVE Education Management & Services do. Addressing these behaviors early can help individuals avoid seriously hurting others or facing a criminal charge for their actions. 

What causes conduct disorder?

Conduct disorder can have lots of different causes related to an individual’s past. Some causes are emotional, while others are physical issues. During the assessments at ALIVE Education Management & Services, the experienced providers explore some of the factors that could play a role. 

Some common potential causes of conduct disorder are:

  • Genetics
  • Past abuse
  • A traumatic event
  • Social difficulties
  • Brain damage

Some kids and adolescents with conduct disorder have observable issues with their frontal lobes. The frontal lobe is the part of the brain responsible for decision-making, planning, and learning. 

How is conduct disorder treated?

While conduct disorder can be challenging to treat in kids and adolescents at any age, the ALIVE Education Management & Services team is committed to working with individuals to create personalized treatment plans. They pair each person with a personable practitioner who compassionately listens to their needs and provides counseling.

Some counseling might also involve the whole family. Family therapy is available, as well as educational services collaborated with a child’s teachers and school administrators. The experienced providers work together to help modify harmful behaviors at home and in school. 

To schedule a conduct disorder evaluation and treatment consultation, call ALIVE Education Management & Services or request an appointment online today.