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Outpatient Behavior Therapy

Outpatient behavior therapy services are primarily conducted in the clinic setting or virtually, although home and school services are available upon request. The assessment and therapy process requires the active participation of children/adolescents and their families. At Behavioral Pediatric Institute of Alabama, our approach to therapy is grounded in the principles of applied behavior analysis and cognitive behavior therapy.

The initial therapy session consists of a thorough caregiver interview to better understand the behavioral and/or academic concerns, identify treatment goals, and develop an individualized plan to prioritize and achieve treatment goals.

Follow-up sessions involve collaborating with children and families to target skill building and identify strategies to reduce problem behavior. Sessions also focus on providing caregivers with psychoeducation, information, resources, and support.

The frequency of sessions is individualized and is usually based on the severity of a child’s needs as well as the family’s needs and preferences.

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We often work with children and adolescents who struggle with:

  • Task completion
  • Listening and following directions
  • Communication
  • Social skills
  • Toileting
  • Self-care skills
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-regulation