How Effective is Child Therapy?
The effectiveness and outcome of therapy depend on several factors such as family attributions towards therapy, religious and cultural beliefs, social stigma, among many other factors. When searching for therapies for your child it is important to take into consideration two umbrellas of treatment:
Evidence and non-evidence based therapies.
Evidence-based therapy means the treatment has passed through rigorous testing at research institutions and replicated by more than one study. Evidence-based interventions combine behavioral and medical research alongside individual patient values and the clinical experience of the provider.
Parents/caregivers want children to enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives.
Unfortunately, parents/caregivers can fall victim to deceitful claims that encourage unsafe, expensive, and ineffective non-evidence-based treatments when striving to help children.
Before beginning any treatment, question whether there is a coherent scientific rationale behind it. By researching different therapies and spending time studying their background, will help us have a clear understanding of therapy, develop critical thinking skills, and learn the associated risks and benefits.
Examples of evidence-based therapies:
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
Functional Family Treatment (FFT)
Early Intervention therapies are services and support available for young children. Early intervention to prevention is most effective for children who are at high risk of developing future externalizing behaviors.
This may not be an extensive list. If you are a provider of an evidence-based therapy that you think should be listed, email us