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Behavioural Disorders

Therapy for Behavioural Disorders

What is a behavioural disorder?

Behaviour disorders are defined by persistent patterns of hostile, defiant behaviours towards authority figures. All children are hostile or defiant at times, but children with a behavioural disorder are hostile, disobedient and defiant so often, and so intensely that it affects their everyday lives, as well as the lives of those around them. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) are the two most common behaviour disorders.

How do I get my child to take responsibility for his behaviour?

Denying responsibility and blaming others is a feature of behavioural disorders, and many people use these behaviours to avoid change and retain control. In therapy, children learn how to accept responsibility, and accept helpful feedback.

How do I discipline my oppositional child?

Disciplining a child with a behavioural disorder is hard. Often parents find that taking things away or stopping their child from doing something desirable has no impact on the behaviour of their child, and they end up feeling frustrated and powerless. Therapy teaches parents the importance of “connection before correction”, and teaches strategies to improve communication within the context of the family. Therapy also focuses on establishing consistent expectations regarding rewards and consequences.

How do I get my child to stop arguing?

Parents often report that their child with a behavioural disorder frequently argues or “talks back”, and this is a major cause of conflict within families. Therapy helps families learn healthy patterns of communicating, and helps each member to understand the perspectives of others.

Why is my child so mean to others?

Children who have a behavioural disorder often have a poor self-image. Some children may be mean to others because it makes them feel better about themselves. Other children have limited empathy. In therapy, a child with a behavioural disorder will develop a more realistic view of themselves and learn how to get along more effectively with others. Have more questions? Contact us today to get answers that will work for your family.

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