As parents, we want to take care of our children, but it can become challenging when they have mental, emotional, and behavioral problems. Additionally, many parents may feel helpless and overwhelmed because they don’t know what to do to care of their children’s special needs. Children with these problems can affect the well-being of other children, family members, and communities. This is why it’s critical to start behavioral treatment in children with these problems sooner than later so that they can perform better in school, at home, and in forming friendships.
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a short-term treatment option for families to learn specific skills. These skills are beneficial to both the child and the family members as they offer alternative methods of handling feelings and behavioral problems.
It’s been proven that CBT has effectively treated psychological disorders among children and adolescents. These disorders and symptoms can include anxiety, depression, disruptive behavioral problems, and substance abuse. Children may experience these symptoms with ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or during traumatic events and experiences. It’s also been proven that treating these symptoms and conditions can help the child or adolescent through their development stages.
Psychological Therapy in General
Child therapy can include group therapy with the whole family, with parents, or other significant adults in their life. It can also be done by the child alone. Child therapy depends on the child and the circumstances. Many adolescents have therapy alone with a therapist, and in some cases, parents work independently with their children’s therapist. However, a combination of these treatments usually works best for the children and their families.
Psychological therapy may include more than just talking. Therapists will involve children in other things such as playing, coloring, or other activities for the child to express their thoughts and feelings. Another common practice for therapists, is to observe the parents and the child. Then the therapist would suggest alternative reactions to the children’s behaviors. The type of therapy to use is dependent on the child and their circumstances specifically. It can vary from children to children.
We all want to take good care of our children and ensure they’re developing correctly. Moreover, we want to make sure they are happy. Unfortunately, we don’t always know how to help. Also, many parents may begin to feel helpless because they don’t know what to do and feel overwhelmed in caring for their children while managing their professional lives. Avoid the additional burden of trying to figure everything out on your own. Contact us at 888.202.4232 – Akron House Recovery in Akron Ohio, to discuss your options for treating your child-specific behavioral problems.