Grand Rapids – Behavior Problem Therapy in Children
Who is Behavior Problem Therapy For?
Behavior Problem Therapy is beneficial for children who have trouble controlling their emotions and behaviors. Learning to regulate and express emotions is all part of being a child, so it is expected that a child may have a meltdown in the middle of the store. Learning the correct way to behave in different settings is also a part of childhood, therefore, it is expected that a child may eat five cookies even though they knew they weren’t supposed to. These types of behaviors do not qualify a child to need Behavior Problem Therapy, rather, it is when these behaviors begin to violate the rights of others or cause a significant conflict between the child and societal norms.
Behavior Problem Therapy for Different Diagnoses
A specific diagnosis is not needed for a child to engage in Behavior Problem Therapy and benefit from it. Behavior Problem Therapy can be beneficial for any individual who wants to work on controlling their emotions and behaviors. However, below are some common diagnoses that can especially benefit from Behavior Problem Therapy,
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Children with this disorder are often show symptoms that evidence them having an angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior, or vindictiveness.
• Intermittent Explosive Disorder: This disorder is considered when children are not able to control aggressive impulses resulting in frequent outbursts. These aggressive outbursts can be exhibited through verbal or physical aggression or through behavior outbursts that result in the damage of property or physical assault causing injury to animals or people.
• Conduct Disorder: Children with this disorder show a pattern of violating societal norms or the basic rights of others. There are four categories of symptoms that a child may exhibit; aggression to people and animals, destruction of property, deceitfulness or theft, and serious violation of rules.
While these are some of the common diagnoses that Behavioral Problem Therapy is used for, it can also be beneficial to other behavior related diagnoses. Some other diagnoses may be Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child Antisocial Behavior, Depressive and Bipolar Disorders, or Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder.
Behavior Problem Therapy: Treatment and Symptoms
Therapists, Counselors, Psychotherapists, and Psychologists at each of our locations give children a place where they feel safe to talk about their emotions, behaviors, and what may or may not be causing them. There are many reasons that a child may be acting out in a way that is not age appropriate in today’s society and it is important to know what influences each child’s behavior so that they can work on what is best for that individual child. Interventions for children with behavior problems are most effective when they begin before adolescents and when they include some family element. Parents can help their children manage their emotions and behaviors through positive reinforcement, time outs, and other similar techniques. The sooner a child receives the help they need to develop self-control for their emotions and behaviors the better. Below are a list of general symptoms that may indicate a need for Behavior Problem Therapy.
Symptoms: Often loses temper, is easily annoyed, is often angry/resentful, argues with or defies authority figures, annoys others on purpose, blames others, is spiteful, throws temper tantrums frequently, is physically aggressive, damage property, bullies or threatens others, initiates physical fights, steals, broken into someone’s house, stays out at night, or has ran away from home.
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