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Behavioral Therapy for Toddlers

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Are You Concerned That Your Toddler Needs Behavioral Therapy?

Does your toddler struggle to self-soothe or calm down, only to become upset by the littlest change in their routine? Does your youngster seem bothered by a new addition or change ot the family, when hearing or observing conflict at home, or during transitions between activities or places? Do they appear anxious or become angry to the extent they scream, run, hit, flig objects or throw themselves on the floor when they don’t get their way? When you ask them to listen or you raise your voice in frustration, does the yelling, crying, or screeching become worse?

Young Children Express Their Emotions in Different Ways

Children are still learning to be self-aware. They often act on impulses and are not really conscious of what they are doing, or why they are doing it. This can lead them to experience emotional dysregulation and struggle with anger, frustration, separation anxiety, and other “big emotions.” 

Although it is not always clear to parents, this is not a sign of deliberate defiance. Preschoolers react to situations without thinking about the consequences or considering better ways to manage them. Toddlers also don’t have the vocabulary to describe their emotions or manage strong feelings without becoming overwhelmed. All this in combination can lead to frustrated children, and parents who are totally on diffeerent pages about how to respond or even what good behavior should look like. 

Behavioral issues can impact young children in their ability to manage changes to their routines or transitions between activities. For instance, when toddlers are given little choice about the activity that comes next or feel rushed, they might demonstrate acting out behaviors to show they feel out of control.

Parents what the best for their children, but aren’t always aware of how their child’s perception of experiences affect their behavior, or know how to help when tantrums or anger outbursts begin. However, with early intervention and with the help of child behavioral therapists at Courageous Kids Counseling, you can gain awareness of what is happening and learn strategies needed to help your child manage emotions and deminstrate more constructive behavior.

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Pediatric Behavioral Issues are Very Common in Youngsters.

While school-age children are more commonly treated for behavior problems, issues often arise during the preschool years. They can go unnoticed and lead to bigger problems later on.

All children need to feel love and supported. If they are experiencing chaos or trauma, feeling disruptions in their routine, or feeling affected by their parent’s anxiety, they are going to feel less secure and calm. Trauma and neglect can also lead to feelings of insecurity and attachment difficulties in toddlers. The resulting behavior can include tantrums, fussiness, anger, aggression, spearation anxiety, or withdrawal.

Children also sometimes feel ignored or unsupported. Since they are not consciously aware of this, they may act out their feelings through challenging behaviors. When toddlers don’t get the attention they seek, their acting out behaviors may intensify.

You want to make sure you are catching this behavior early on before it becomes a pattern ingrained in their everyday responses to stressful situations. Fortunately, early intervention through a type of treatment called behavioral therapy offers a way to help your child modify disruptive behavior and learn healthier ways of seeking attention from others. Pediatric behavioral therapy is an excellent strategy to help your child improve their behavior and feel better about their actions. At Courageous Kids Counseling in New York, we provide behavioral therapy to help young children cope with adversity.

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A Behavioral Therapist Provides Early Intervention to Help Toddlers with Emotional Regulation.

There are a number of reasons why behavioral therapy works for helping toddlers when they become emotinally dysregulated. Children enjoy getting attention from other children, adults, and parents. They love when parents listen to them and they feel heard.

Our behavior therapists teach paraphrasing or repeating back what your child says to show you are listening. When you listen to your child, you teach them to be a good listener as well. Over time they can learn to listen better when you are speaking too.

Children also behave better during active play. They burn off energy, have fun, and get to be in charge for a little while. This is especially true when a parent follows the child’s lead during play.

Additionally, children will more likely repeat behaviors that parents pay attention to. Instead of being reprimanded for negative behavior, you demonstrate attentiveness to their positive or good behavior.

It is easier for children to mistakenly think the only way they can get attention from you is by acting out. Your child behavioral therapist will help you and your child to know there is a different and better way to behave.

At Courageous Kids Counseling in New York, we understand that toddler behavior issues for two, three, and four year olds can be frustrating and overwhelming. We want to empower you and your child to learn how to cope with challenges and learn constructive ways to interact. Therapy is not a reflection on your parenting skills. It is about providing specialized strategies to help your child grow and succeed.

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We Provide Behavior Strategies Parents Can Use to Help Young Children at Home or School.

Behavioral therapy requires the parent’s time and involvement, but long-term offers support to your child and family as a whole. As families learn new skills, they make permanent changes that are focused on their child’s strengths. Parents also learn in therapy to use positive reinforcement, consistency, and praise to elicit healthier behaviors while less constructive behaviors fade away.

Ultimately, as your child learns behavior management techniques, they will have more success with self-regulation and the parent, child, and teacher interactions will improve. You should notice a shift away from what your child did wrong to assuming things will go wel. There are so many long-term benefits of behavior therapy for all.

What We Do in Behavioral Therapy With Children.

Our child therapists understand that behavior therapy is a committment from you and your child. We provide a fun and positive experience to make change happen. We will begin the therapy process with a consultation to discuss the behaviors that are hindering your child from living a happy and carefree life. During the first sesssion, we will ask you to go into more detail about your child and their experiences.

Though, in subsequent sessions, we may explore what is holding your preschooler back from behaving in a more helpful way, we will focus on positive behavior strategies that will help them to be more successful at home and school.We do this through a few different therapeutic methods.

One method we frequently use with young children is play therapy. Children love to play so we already have a lot of buy-in from them. We use play therapy in a purposeful way to involve the parent and child in changing your child’s behavior. Through play therapy, you will learn to descirbe your child’s play in order to increase your toddler’s self-awareness and help them to be more mindful of their behavior. Being more mindful of play helps your active or distractible child to focus and play with more positive intention.

By playing together, you also strengthen your parent-child bond, making your child feel more relaxed and at ease. This helps your child feel safe in the knowledge you love them unconditionally. Feeling loved also increases a child’s emotional rsillience making it easier to cope during stressful periods. It reduces behavior issues and improves positive reactions to situations as well.

At times we will also ask you to use positive behavior plans at home and to share them with teachers, always with a focus on highlighting your child’s successes. Our child behavior therapists do not encourage taking things away or punishment as this tends to escalate acting out behaviors. We want therapy to be a good experience ror young children and one that will have a positive impact on the parent-child relationship.

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The Parent’s Role In Behavioral Treatment for Toddlers

By engaging in therapy you are helping your child gain self-confidence and reduce challenging behaviors. As an added bonus you will see a dramatic increase in your bond with your child making it easier to emphathize with their experiences. Playtime and positive interactions with your child can help you feel closer and make parenting feel more rewarding.

Parents are strongly encouraged to be part of this process by providing background information and learning techniques that help their children. Parents also help to reinforce positive behaviors learned in sessions and help children practice new behavior strategies between sessions so they are more successful.

When a child learns from you that certain actions are considered “good behavior” and are rewarded with positive attention, they tend to repeat these behaviors in the future. This encourages them to want to act that way for your approval and it feels great for you and them. They can mentally remmbet that behavior as something that got a positive reaction from you and one they want to repeat. Our therapists focus on building a positive connection in therapy so you and your toddler can practice new skills on a regular basis at home.

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Behavioral Therapy Helps Many Types of Young Children

There are many young children that can benefit from behavioral therapy with Courageous Kids Counseling in New York. We work with children diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, autism, and speech and language delays. We also provide therapy for young children who may have been through an early intervention evaluation and did not qualify for services. Nonetheless, they may be demonstrating emotion dysregulation difficulties and are in need or support. Furthermore, you may feel your toddler just needs some short term support to catch up to peers or become more comfortable in different situations.

Regardless of the reason, our therapists are here to help your child learn the skills they need to feel happier and more successful. In the past, you may have felt like there was no chance for improvement. Now, you can rest assured that change is entirely possible with the help of one of our licensed counselors. Early treatment of behavior issues in young children can have a positive affect to last a lifetime. 

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You May Still Have Questions About Behavioral Treatment for Toddlers…

Is this just a phase my child will outgrow?

Yes, in a lot of ways this is a phase. Your toddler or preschooler is only starting to learn about what feelings are and they don’t yet know how they impact their behavior. Behavior issues in young children are very treatable. The child today who has tantrums and cannot manage frustration when faced with a setback, may smile and react with an easy-going attitude to the same situation in the future when provided strategies to help them better control their emotions. Fortunately, we have seen great success in helping toddlers manage stress when provided tools early on. This can lead to much better results in how they manage larger problems later on in life.  

Does my child’s behavior issues mean I’m a “bad parent?”

You may have read all the parenting books on how to manage disruptive behavior. However, it is very different when it is your child and you are going through it. Behavior issues are very common in young children and highly treatable. As your child starts to feel more in control of their life and they learn how to express their emotions, many of the negative behaviors that hed them back will melt away. In all the exhaustion and stress, you probably forgot what it is like to laugh, play and have fun with your child. We will help you and your child get back to the place when you looked forward to being a parent. You will enjoy watching your child grow into the best version of themselves. 

How will I know that my child is getting better?

Your child may be resistant to behavior therapy at first. After all, just like any problem it takes work to make changes. However, with practice you will start to notice your child acting out less and see them demonstrate positive behaviors on a more regular basis. Our best advice is to be consistent and follow through on facilitating the changes you want to see in your child. Your youngster really does want to please you and when you show them the behaviors you want them to exhibit, they will rise to the occasion to act in the way you desire. As we go along, we can always revisit and modify strategies for your child as well.

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Behavioral Therapy for Toddlers Helps Them Grow Into Their Best Selves

In our work together, we will uncover what is missing from your child’s life, what’s holding them back, and what are the ways we can help them move toward a place of happiness and fulfillment.
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