Shortly after Aspen’s birth angry, physical outbursts began. Home was stressful, violent. Public places were a nightmare.
And then there was Tanager… with a special form of therapy.
Fifty two weekly Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) sessions helped calm four year old Aspen so she could listen and manage her emotions. Mom was coached through an earbud and learned new parenting skills. Their relationship developed. As a first grader, Aspen’s multiple diagnoses are now better controlled.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported treatment for conduct-disordered young children (ages 2-7) that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child’s prosocial behavior and decreasing negative behavior. This treatment focuses on two basic interactions: Child Directed Interaction (CDI) is similar to play therapy in that parents engage their child in a play situation with the goal of strengthening the parent-child relationship; Parent Directed Interaction (PDI) resembles clinical behavior therapy in that parents learn to use specific behavior management techniques as they play with their child.