One of the most significant things that might be impacting a parent would be knowing that their beautiful child is experiencing significant social distress, because they are having difficulties managing some of their behaviors and some of those behaviors might be manifested through them, engaging in tantrums, unable to be flexible when things are changed, engaging in aggression, or having difficulty engaging with peers.
And something that has been proven to be effective in facilitating the behavior management that parents can utilize when their child is experiencing difficulty is through the use of Parent-child interaction therapy, PCIT, which is an evidence-based practice and it mainly focuses on establishing a relationship with the parent and the child being able to improve the relationship that they already have through the use of play, through the use of positive engagement and primarily focusing on the positives and the behaviors that the child is doing appropriately, to be able to provide more of that attention to what the child is doing.
One of the things that have been helpful in this is that the child and the parent are both in the room together. So it isn’t just focused on what one is doing versus what the other is doing. And it is something that with time is going to decrease a child’s behavior while focusing on increasing appropriate things that the child can do, like communicating their emotions, communicating when they’re having difficulty with different things, and allowing the parent to be able to set limits in an appropriate way. And part of that is a parent being able to establish a routine, learn how to do a reinforcement system, and be able to give commands in a way where it’s effective, it’s concise, and will have positive results.
This is a manualized treatment, it is something that is set up on a weekly basis, typically up to 10 weeks. And it is something that both the child and the parent learn how to do together and get to graduate from the program and take these skills with them across different environments and being able to see the differences in the home and in the school setting.
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