We are very different from traditional counseling. Counseling usually focuses on the child and the counselors talk to the child during most of the treatment process to get the child to change his mind, attitude, personality, etc.
We focus on the behavior itself and the environment in which it takes place. The environment includes the physical environment and the social environment. The behaviors are learned and shaped by the environment and the people who interact with the child. We analyze how other people respond to the behaviors and how the behaviors work for the child. We then design strategies and intervention plans to teach caregivers how to interact with the child in a different way that promotes positive behaviors and discourages negative behaviors so that negative behaviors stop working for your child and will decrease. Parents and caregivers are a huge part in changing the child’s behaviors. For the child’s behaviors to change, the people who interact with the child have to change their behaviors first. If we keep doing things the same way, we always get the same results.
We treat a variety of problem behaviors such as aggression, tantrums, noncompliance, disruptive behaviors, self-injurious behaviors, eating problems, etc.