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Behavior Therapy for Emotionally-Disturbed Children

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The problem addressed in this description is how to solve psychological issues involving emotionally-disturbed children using a selected behavioral theory. For example, what strategies can be used to help client's cope with issues such as: family relationships, peer interaction, aggression in children, social skills, and academic difficulties? Selecting a specific behavioral therapy plan is focused on critical and probalistic reasoning related to both behavioral and mental processes. What theory can be used to best alter the child's (children) behavior, and what is action plan can be designed based on the theory is explored.

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Cognitive strategies are suggested along with a behavioral modification approach. A theory is presented that has been successfully used in school settings. This theory is based on ...

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This solution provides steps to follow to aid in identifying behavioral problems in children. It provides a plan of action by which to design a program of intervention. Strategies are discussed to monitor behavior that will aid in assessing the behavioral problem, and avoid any recurrence of the behavior.

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Chantel-case study

Chantel is an eight year old child recently diagnosed with ADHD. Chantel exhibits moderate hyperactivity and has great difficulty attending to the lessons and meeting time at school. Chantel seems to "forget" instructions easily and often does not complete assignments appropriately. She frequently forgets to turn in her homework or complete her classroom job.

Chantel is a warm and loving child, but is frequently impulsive and this can result in grabbing and sometimes even pushing another child. Chantel does not seem to know her own strength and often when frustrated or angry, regresses to more primitive behavior to solve problems. Although Chantel desperately wants to play with other children, most of her classmates (particularly the girls) will not play with her during recess or invite her for playdates. Chantel is often seen playing alone or wandering around aimlessly during recess.

Chantel is a strong, athletic child. She quickly learns new sports and her attention seems greatly improved when playing structured sports games. She runs quickly, has excellent eye-hand coordination and is flexible and agile. Despite having few friends, she is often the first picked for sports teams during gym class.

Chantel lives with both parents. She has a secure attachment to both of her parents, but they do admit that her activity level, forgetfulness, and impulsivity can be trying. She has significant trouble completing her homework and often forgets to put it in her book bag to return to school. Chantel always seems to be in "trouble". For example, she forgot to close her hamster's cage and it was lost, roaming around the house for two days. Chantel's parents express worry over her academic performance and are concerned that she is often scapegoated at school when things go wrong. They are also concerned about her social development and her lack of friends in her peer group. Her parents express some relief at knowing the "diagnosis" and the reason for her behavior.

Part I: Analysis

As the child development specialist, please analyze this case and design an appropriate intervention plan. In your 4- to 6-page paper, be sure to discuss the following:

1.An analysis of the major issues, cognitively, socially/emotionally, and physically, that are affecting this child. Make sure to address each domain.
2.An analysis of the issues at home
3.A discussion of the issues at school
Part II: Intervention

Devise an effective intervention plan for Chantel. Make sure to discuss interventions for cognitive, social/emotional, and physical domains. You should provide a detailed discussion of at least two interventions per domain.

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