Common Problem Behaviors:
- Noncompliance (such as homework, morning or evening routines, simple commands ‘clean up’)
- Running away from caregivers (elopement)
- Toileting skills deficits
- Sleep problems
- Mild disruptive or destructive behaviors
- Habit Disorder (hair pulling)
- Tic Behaviors
- Mild self-injury
- Mild food selectivity/food refusal/restricted diet (not the result of a motor skill deficit)
- Social skills deficits
What To Expect During Therapy:
During the course of therapy, the Clinician will meet with the child, parents, and/or caregivers to address a specific skill to improve or behaviors to decrease. During these meetings, the Clinician will be instructing parents and caregivers on specific strategies and teaching skills to increase desired behavior and decrease challenging behavior with their child. The Clinician will model the skills for the parents and caregivers, have the parents or caregivers practice, and then provide feedback to the parents and caregivers. The therapeutic process is an active process in which the Clinician is continually giving the parents or caregivers skills to practice in the home or community settings. Often the Clinician will spend more time actively working with the parents or caregivers providing them feedback on parent-child interactions and will be spending less time working directly with the client themselves. It is expected that the parents or caregivers will implement and practice the skills between each session which ultimately increases desired behavior and decreases challenging behavior in the home and community settings. During follow-up sessions, the parents will discuss with the Clinician how the skills and strategies are working and the Clinician will work with the parents or caregivers to address challenges, or expand the use of skills and strategies to additional settings or behaviors.
As mentioned, the therapeutic process is heavily focused on increasing the skills of the parents and caregivers to appropriately respond to challenging behavior and teach desired behavior in the home and community setting and therefore less time is spent directly interacting with the client themselves. During the process, parents may be asked to fill out surveys or brief assessments regarding their experience(s) as well as to monitor improvements in the client’s behavior and the parent or caregiver’s confidence in addressing problem behavior. Additionally, parents and caregivers may receive written instructions on how to implement skills and procedures in the home and community settings or visual materials to use in the home and community.
Note: We do not provide trauma focused therapy.