Childhood Behavioral Disorder Treatment in Jericho

Experienced Pediatric Therapists for Children and Teens at Right Path Counseling

Children and teens are going to act out sometimes. They are testing boundaries and learning more about the world around them, and occasional anger or rule breaking is expected. But extreme misbehavior can sometimes indicate a deeper problem with a childhood behavioral disorder. Encompassing a variety of conditions, these can make children difficult to manage and lead to stress for both children and parents.

  • Does your child constantly defy rules and argue?
  • Do you feel like you “walk on eggshells” around your child’s extreme temper?
  • Does your child act aggressively towards you or others?
  • Does your child experience trouble at school with frequent time outs or detentions?

Right Path Counseling treats childhood behavioral disorders in Jericho, NY. Our psychotherapists are experienced in working with kids and teens, as well as parents and families, to help manage the behaviors that conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and others can cause. Our offices serve patients in Plainview, Hicksville, and throughout Long Island. Call us at (516) 247-6457 to get started with therapy.

Therapy for Childhood Behavioral Disorders

Behavioral disorders can affect children of all ages, from young kids to teenagers. The different disorders we can treat at Right Path Counseling include:

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder – ODD most often affects younger kids and preteens. Those with this disorder struggle with following rules and are often irritated by authority. They may often be angry, throw temper tantrums, argue with adults, purposely annoy others, and blame others frequently.
  • Conduct Disorder – CD is more common among older kids and teenagers. It often causes a lack of empathy, frequent rule breaking, aggression, criminal behavior, and lying. They may also be impulsive and take unsafe risks.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD can present differently in different people. The most common symptoms are a lack of focus, forgetfulness, inability to complete tasks, trouble sitting still for long periods of time, irritability, impulsivity, and low self esteem.

Many children with behavioral disorders often have additional diagnoses of anxiety, depression, PTSD, and similar conditions. Often, ADHD will occur alongside ODD and CD as well. These dual diagnoses can compound the challenges that your family faces and the treatment necessary to help your child overcome a behavioral disorder.

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    How We Treat Children and Teens with Behavioral Disorders

    Our pediatric psychotherapists are specialists in working with children of different ages. They know how to connect with children and teens and help them process emotions in an age appropriate way. We use a variety of strategies such as:

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Anger Management Skills
    • Mindfulness
    • Positive Psychology, and Other Modalities

    Another key part of treating childhood behavioral problems is parent training. In addition to working with children, we also work with their parents, giving you strategies to build routines, establish limits, and provide appropriate discipline so that you can be more effective and confident in managing your child’s behavior.

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    Why Your Family Will Benefit from ODD, CD, and ADHD Treatment

    Having a child diagnosed with a behavioral disorder is hard on both the patient and the family. Children often feel targeted, frustrated, and unsupported. Their performance in school and relationships with friends can suffer, making them feel worse. For parents and other family members, living with someone with CD, ODD, and ADHD can be disheartening, challenging, and sometimes frightening.

    Treating childhood behavioral disorders can provide these benefits to families:

    • More overall happiness.
    • Reduction in corresponding mental health symptoms.
    • Better school performance.
    • Improved relationships with peers.
    • Less stress at home.
    • Improved behavior and fewer rule violations.

    When unchecked, childhood behavioral disorders like CD and ODD can become more extreme with time, leading to greater challenges for older teens and adults. This can cause problems with substance abuse, criminal offenses, and harm to others.

    Start Therapy for Your Child or Teen – Make an Appointment at Right Path

    A child that is acting out frequently, being aggressive at school or home, or having trouble staying focused can make many parents feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, treatment is possible for childhood behavioral disorders, and many children and teens recover to become happy, well behaved, and successful with the right support from parents and therapists.

    Our Jericho pediatric therapy is a team of therapists with the training and experience to help children and their families. We will work with you to understand the problem and begin managing symptoms. Contact us at (516) 247-6457 or send a message to make an appointment with us.

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