A Behavioral Approach
Whether it is tantrums, social communication deficits, ADHD, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, or similar, it falls under the category of behavioral issues in children, and calls for therapeutic behavioral and therapeutic treatment for the child and parents. And, this is where our expertise can help you. We have a systematic behavioral approach for dealing with children's issues, and helps you through a round of behavioral therapy sessions to firstly, assess their problems, and introduce tools and strategies for dealing with these issues. An Applied Behavior Analysis approach is based in empirical research that demonstrates that behaviors are learned, and are maintained when reinforced. When children confront behaviors and what they fear repeatedly without getting the negative outcomes, the sense of phobia or anxiety can gradually subside. New patterns of behavior are directly taught and reinforced, which can replace problem behavior, and make subsequent long-term positive changes. This not only helps in changing the behavior of a person through play and naturalistic teaching opportunities, but also helps children feel in control, be able to make appropriate choices, and increase skills and confidence.
In some cases, we may consider outside referrals to other professionals. This might include a diagnostic evaluation, referrals for OT, PT or Speech services, or consideration of a psycho-pharmacolgicial consultation where medication may be helpful. Many times it is the collaboration of Behavioral Therapists with parents and other Professionals and Schools which may promote best practices toward a positive outcome.
We also collaborate in primary care settings to help manage complex cases. Partnerships between medical health providers and our experienced behavioral therapists can help promote the best and very productive clinical outcomes. [Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 4, 2014]