Child Behavior Therapy in Grand Rapids

Who is Child Behavior Therapy For?

Child Behavior Therapy in Grand Rapids is beneficial for kids who have trouble controlling their behaviors and emotions. Learning to express and regulate emotions is all part of being a kid, so it is expected that a child may have a sudden meltdown in the middle of grocery shopping. Learning the correct way to behave in different life settings is also a big part of childhood, therefore, it is expected that a child may cookies before dinner even though they knew they weren’t supposed to. These simple types of acting out behaviors do not qualify a child to need Child Behavior Therapy in Grand Rapids, rather, it is when these behaviors begin to cause a significant conflict between the child and societal norms or violate the rights of others.

Child Behavior Therapy in Grand Rapids for Different Diagnoses

A specific diagnosis is not needed for a child to engage or benefit from Children Behavior Therapy. Meeting with a Childs Behavior Therapist in Grand Rapids can be beneficial for any individual who wants to work on controlling their behavior and emotions. However, below are some common diagnoses that can especially benefit from engaging in Child Behavior Therapy:


  • Conduct Disorder: Children with this conduct disorder show a pattern of violating the basic rights of others or societal norms. There are four categories of symptoms that a child may exhibit; destruction of property, aggression to people and animals, a serious violation of rules, and deceitfulness or theft.
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder: This intermittent explosive disorder is considered when children are not able to control aggressive impulses or feelings that result in frequent outbursts. These aggressive outbursts can be exhibited through physical or verbal aggression or through behavior outbursts that result in physical assault causing injury to animals or people or the damage of property.
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Children with this oppositional defiant disorder are often show symptoms that evidence them having an argumentative/defiant behavior, angry/irritable mood, or vindictiveness.


While these are some of the common diagnoses that Child Behavioral Therapy in Grand Rapids is used for, it can also be beneficial to other behavior-related diagnoses as well. Some other diagnoses may be Child Antisocial Behavior, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, or Depressive and Bipolar Disorders.


Child Behavior Therapy in Grand Rapids: Treatment and Symptoms

Our Child Behavior Therapists at our Grand Rapids location provide children a place where they feel safe to talk about their behaviors, emotions, and what may be causing them. There are many reasons that a child may be acting out inappropriately and it is important to know what influences each child’s negative behavior so that they can work on what is best for that individual child. Interventions for kids with behavior problems are most effective when they begin before adolescents and when they include some family type element. Parents can help their children manage their behaviors and emotions through positive reinforcement, time outs, and other parenting techniques. The sooner a child receives the help they need to develop self-control for their behaviors and emotions the better. Below is a list of general symptoms that may indicate a need to speak with a Child Behavior Therapist.


Symptoms: Often loses temper, is often angry/resentful, is easily annoyed, argues with or defies authority figures, blames others, is spiteful, annoys others on purpose, is physically aggressive, throws temper tantrums frequently, bullies or threatens others, initiates physical fights, damage property, broken into someone’s house, steals, stays out at night, or has run away from home.


If you feel your child is in need or would benefit from Child Behavior Therapy in Grand Rapids, give us a call today! Sollars & Associates in Grand Rapids have therapists and counselors trained to help guide your child through the kid’s behavior therapy process and assist them in managing their emotions and behaviors.

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Grand Rapids MI Heather O’Brien, LPC
Heather O’Brien, LPC
Grand Rapids MI Psychologist, Counselor, Psychotherapist, Therapist Israel Ostrander, TLLP
Israel Ostrander, TLLP