Program for ADHD & Behavioral Disorders at CUCARD
The Program for ADHD and Behavioral Disorders at CUCARD offers a multi-modal treatment approach for children, comprised of a combination of a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, parent training, school consultation, medication consultation, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluations
Children with behavioral disorders often present with underlying disorders that can be identified with specialized and comprehensive diagnostic evaluations. Our expert diagnosticians gather pertinent information in an effort to arrive at the most accurate diagnosis that will guide the most effective evidence-based treatments.
Parent-training programs have been shown through research to be the most effective treatments for child behavioral disorders. Parents learn specific skills on how to respond to their children in an effective manner, including:
- attending to appropriate behavior and ignoring negative behavior
- using positive reinforcements
- giving effective commands
- using effective and consistent mild consequences for misbehavior
We offer the following parent-training interventions:
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT is a gold-standard treatment for young children with disruptive behaviors. PCIT provides parents with live coaching to adapt their parenting skills.
School Teacher Behavioral Consultation
Given that children with behavioral disorders often exhibit symptoms in school, it is at times necessary to target these behaviors directly. Our team consults directly with teachers to offer effective behavior management skills, including a positive behavior system.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT for children with anger, impulsive aggression, and other disruptive behaviors, when combined with parent training, can produce long-term improvement, especially for children over 8 years of age. In CBT, greater emphasis is placed on teaching the child skills to cope with his/her emotions more appropriately. Typical skills taught in CBT to reduce anger are:
- emotional recognition
- body-calming techniques
- perspective-taking skills
- changing distorted thinking about anger-provoking situations
- developing problem-solving skills
What Would Treatment Look Like for Your Child?
- Step 1: Parents and child are seen by an experienced clinician for a comprehensive diagnostic intake evaluation.
- Step 2: The intake clinician will meet with the family to discuss diagnostic impressions, explain how the child’s problems have been impacting functioning, and thoroughly discuss treatment plans.
- Step 3: Start treatment. Specific type and duration of treatment depends on the severity of the child’s condition and, over time, their response to the treatment provided. Research has shown that children with disruptive behaviors can show significant improvement within 10–15 weeks. The treating clinician will set goals and monitor progress with you to make ongoing decisions about your child’s care.