If your young child is experiencing behavioral problems, you have likely tried many methods to attempt to correct these behaviors. Some of these methods may include punishment techniques or positive reinforcement methods. However, if you are not seeing any change in their behavior, you may begin to wonder what you as a parent are doing wrong. Despite your best efforts to remain calm and composed, parents can become tired and irritable when they are subjected to the same behaviors from their child over and over. When this happens, you may not act in such a way that we are making a positive impact on our child as they are disciplined. Unfortunately, your child can then pick up on your bad habits and mirror them, which may be part of the reason that they are acting out, because they see you doing so when you are frustrated. A parent's frustration and stress directly relate to our children's ability to process and react to their feelings and behaviors. If you are in this situation, parent-child interaction therapy, or PCIT, may be ideal for you.
Parent-child interaction therapy is a form of therapy for you, the parent. You receive coaching from a child psychology specialist on how to decrease your negative behaviors while improving upon your relationship with your child. This can help to curb behavioral problems in a child. PCIT is a specialized 15-20 session treatment program designed for parents or caregivers and their children aged 10 or younger who may be experiencing behavioral and/or emotional issues. Sessions are an hour long and are done weekly.
Helps Children Manage Aggressive and Defiant BehaviorsParent-child interaction counseling helps target a wide range of aggressive and defiant behaviors in children. Some of those behaviors include:
- Temper tantrums
- Refusal to obey rules
- Low self-esteem
- Low frustration threshold
- Blaming others for one's actions