What Parents Should Know About Behavioural Therapy

Currently there is no cure for cerebral palsy, however there are a variety of resources and therapies available that can help improve the quality of life for your child.

What is Behavioural Therapy?

Behavioural therapy is considered an integral part of the treatment plan for anyone with cerebral palsy.

Unfortunately cerebral palsy commonly affects the behaviour of children, affecting their psychological development and ability to interact socially with others. The role of behavioural therapy is to help children develop life skills, increase independence, and control destructive and unwanted behaviours. It can also be used to help improve a child’s education and social life.

Behavioural therapy can often be just as beneficial to parents, teachers and caregivers as it is to the child with cerebral palsy.

Behavioural therapy is a key element in the multidisciplinary approach to achieving independence in all aspects of a child’s life.

When Does Behavioural Therapy Begin?

Behavioural therapy is usually advised as soon as a child’s behaviour begins to compromise the quality of life of the child or those around them. This could be in the family home, at school or when socialising with others. The length of treatment depends on the child’s goals and their progress during therapy.

How is Behavioural Therapy Performed?

Behavioural therapy is usually provided by a trained, licensed counsellor and can be provided in school, at home or in a clinical setting.

The therapist may use role-play, activities and journal writing in therapy to help the child engage in positive behaviour and develop new coping skills. Other methods may include:

•           Behaviour modification

•           Monitoring/logging behaviour

•           Conditioning

•           Life skill training

•           Systematic desensitisation

These techniques aim to help children increase their engagement in positive or socially reinforcing activities.

What are the Benefits of Behavioural Therapy?

A child’s behaviour can put a strain on family life, affect the quality of their education or even potentially cause harm to those around them. Sometimes children with cerebral palsy act in such a way that leads them to become isolated, frustrated and even depressed so unsurprisingly many parents turn to behavioural therapy to provide them with support.

The goal of behavioural therapy is to help individuals:

  • Complete tasks
  • Do their best in school
  • Gain perspective
  • Overcome emotional trauma
  • Resolve conflict
  • Treat depression
  • Develop friendships
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Manage emotions & focus

If you believe that your child has cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. You can contact Express Solicitors to obtain advice from a specialist solicitor who will discuss the case with you and provide you with confidential advice on the options available to you.

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