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  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Behavior Therapy

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    Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Behavior Therapy

    What is cognitive-behavior therapy?

    Cognitive-behavior therapy focuses on changing the thoughts and emotions that can affect a child’s behavior negatively.

    The therapist helps the child become aware of their thoughts and feelings. The therapist also helps the child evaluate if feelings or thoughts may be distorted or illogical, and then helps the child through the process of changing the thoughts as well as the emotional reactions and behaviors that go along with them.

    Cognitive-behavior therapy often works directly with the child, but can also include parents.

    What is behavior therapy?

    Behavior therapy teaches children and their families how to strengthen positive child behaviors and eliminate or reduce unwanted or problem behaviors.

    One type is parent training in behavior management. The therapist works with parents to learn or improve skills to manage their child’s behavior. Parents are encouraged to practice the skills with their child, either during the therapy session or at home. Teachers can also be trained in behavior management to help the child at their childcare center or school.

    With older children or adolescents, the therapist usually works directly with the child to teach them how to choose positive behaviors. Parents can be involved to support and strengthen the skills their child is learning.