What is Parent Child Interactive Therapy?
This is a special and unique therapy form which is conducted in order to bridge the gap between parents and children. This therapy is normally practiced on children with behavioral issues, which leads to changing behaviors and the repetition of unethical actions. This condition leads to several issues for the parents, due to which it is advisable for them to consult professionals.
How is the Parent Child Interactive Therapy Carried Out?
In order to be involved in the process, the parent may have to travel to the therapist along with their ward. There, they may be guided to a playroom, where they will be required to interact with their child. This proves to act as a coaching session, in which the therapist at first observes so that sufficient information can be gathered. The therapist asks the parent to wear an earpiece and then observes the session through a live video feed. This prevents the therapist from influencing the behavior of the child or the parent. After analyzing the situation, the therapist then guides the parent through the earpiece and advises on spontaneous actions which can help in managing the child’s behavior. The Therapy is not a one-phase treatment, it is usually conducted in two different treatments.
The First Phase of Treatment:
The initial phase of the parent child interactive therapy aims to infuse or restore warmth within the relationship between the parent and the child. In this treatment, several skills are applied so that the children can feel better and express their love towards their parents. The process allows a deep understanding to be created amongst both the children and the parents.
The Results of the First Treatment:
If conducted properly the initial stage can lead to desired results. The process may lead to a reduction in the frequency of tantrums by children, which tends to become a major reason for arguments. It can also lead to behavioral changes as the child may act in less attention-seeking ways, and will have improved self-esteem. The process also affects parents as it reduces their frustration levels and increases the sense of attachment.
The Second Phase of Treatment:
The second phase of parent-child interactive therapy revolves around managing the behavioral differences of your child but in a calm and confident manner. Indulging in this process allows the parents to be lenient and more understanding while setting down the basis of discipline for children.
The Results of the Second Treatment:
By effectively passing the second phase, the parents will be able to notice a considerable difference in the behavior of their children. At first, they may be able to notice a reduction in their aggression and defiance. They will also notice a change in their child’s habits and will spectate a change in their behavior. The children may benefit from the practice and may begin to increase their respect for house rules and for their elders. Better behavior in public can also be expected and these changing habits may lead to a sense of parental calmness, which can improve the relationship of the children and parents.