Therapist stance

The attitude or mental posture of the cognitive-behaviour therapist working with children has been described using terms such as consultant and educator. (22) The therapist is active and involved but does not have all the answers. Rather, the therapist seeks to develop a collaborative relationship that stimulates the child to think for him or herself. The idea is not to tell the child what to do but rather to give the young person the opportunity to try things out and to develop skills. There is an emphasis on the child learning through experience. Thus, as in CBT with adults, there are homework assignments in which the child carries out tasks that are agreed in the session. These are often framed as an experiment. For example, the child may feel that she is disliked by a friend who will avoid her if she can. The child and therapist may conclude that the best way of finding out is for the child to try and talk to her friend.

Funny Wiring Autism

Funny Wiring Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that manifests itself in early childhood and affects the functioning of the brain, primarily in the areas of social interaction and communication. Children with autism look like other children but do not play or behave like other children. They must struggle daily to cope and connect with the world around them.

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