Family therapy for behavioral disorders
All children need guidance from parents in learning how to behave at times. Even children with easy temperaments sometimes have days where they act out or feel angry, frustrated, or emotional. But there are some children and adolescents who experience a persistent pattern of anger and rebellion against authority. They may be constantly disruptive at home and in the classroom. These children are sometimes diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
In these cases, family intervention has shown to be the most successful form of therapy. All behavior and emotion exist within a context. For children, the family, and the school environment has both a direct and indirect impact on how they think, feel, and behave.
Therapy for parents who struggle with child behavior is an effective resource that helps them understand what exactly is contributing to their child’s behavior problems. It also teaches strategies that will help bring out the best in their child.
Evidence shows having an outside expert offer guidance and advice is an effective form of treatment for parents struggling to manage difficult behavior. In addition,
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is also shown to be an effective treatment for children and adolescents with behavioral problems. This method teaches the child to manage thoughts, emotions, and behavior and can be an effective tool that he or she can use in all areas of life.
Family therapy for ADHD and emotional disorders
Parents of children with ADHD have more difficulties in family functioning as well as greater psychological health problems. Research has found that therapeutic intervention is highly appropriate and helpful for increasing parental effectiveness and implementing strategies to help children with ADHD function better in school and at home.
Therapy can help the child and improve the family environment. Even though families come to therapy for the purpose of dealing with a particular child’s challenges, often times the entire family benefits. The family should be a place of support and refuge, learning skills for better communication and understanding can help children excel and have a positive impact on the parents as well.
What we need to know as parents
Our family is our primary context. The home environment sets the stage for child emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and social development. While it may seem that attending therapy for child behavior problems or emotional disorders is all about the children, it is important to understand the parent needs support and outside connection as well.
Working with a therapist who understands the challenges of raising children in today’s world can be immensely beneficial to the health and wellbeing of the parent. In turn, the well being of the parent creates a healthy environment for the whole family.
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