In early childhood, parenting and behavioral management can be difficult, and much of the success of behavior management strategies is based upon the relationship between parent and child. We are proud to use techniques from the evidence based treatment of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
PCIT involves the therapist teaching and live coaching the parent on direct behavioral management techniques and interaction styles, that emphasize both a high level of warmth and structure in the parent-child relationship. The therapy sessions are conducted between the parent and child, with the therapist observing from a separate room, and the parent receiving guidance from the therapist through a “bug in the ear” technology. There are two separate phases of treatment. The first phase teaches the parent how to attend to and follow the child’s lead, praise desired behaviors, reflect and imitate the child in order to further build language and play skills, and build enthusiasm in spending special time between parent and child. The second phase of treatment encourages the parent how to provide structure, give effective commands, and manage disruptive behaviors as they occur in real-world settings. This treatment can help decrease tantrums, decrease defiance, increase attachment and security within the parent-child relationship, increase self-esteem, and increase appropriate play and social skills.
The combination of these techniques along with education and training on child development and appropriate expectations, problem solving, and real-time feedback and adaptation to your family’s specific needs are important to us as we help improve relationships and decrease frustration for all.