We've been on a waiting list for PCIT for a long time. 7 months or so! Last week I got a letter in the mail inviting me to our first *informational session. I went and let me tell you, it's good stuff!! I can't wait to get started in the program.

What's PCIT?

First, it stands for "Parent Child Interaction Therapy". It's a specialized behavior management program. Designed to help parents deal with children with oppositional/defiant problems, aggressive behaviors, ADHD, or those children experiencing adjustment problems. It also helps children impacted by substance abuse, physical abuse/neglect. Children in foster care placement, those recently adopted or reunited with parents.

The goal is to reduce stress, anger and frustration of the parent. It helps to improve the parent/child relationship, improve the child's minding, listening and improve self esteem.

So why does our beautiful little Princess need such a thing?? Well looks can be deceiving! Our Princess is a handful.

She seems to lack impulse control. Not so unusual in a toddler, but the older she gets we find it is not improving. She doesn't seem to understand she can't do certain things because it's not safe. For example, running away from us in a busy street. Grabbing things off the counter top or stove, climbing and jumping off furniture, tabletops etc. She is also extremely oppositional. It's something her Occupational Therapist and I have discussed at great length. She is becoming more and more difficult to work with. If there is something that we'd like her to work on, like drawing a line from point A to point B (for example) she will outright refuse. When we try and encourage her, she goes into complete shut down mode. She literally goes into her own little world. A world in which she refuses to speak or make eye contact. If you physically try and course her it will bring on a full blown tantrum. She's a teachers worst nightmare!!

Anyway, I'll definitely share with you any tips I learn on the way from our PCIT training. Click here and here if you are interested in reading more.

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  1. Cole Twins said...

    Hey Kristen~

    The RMDH is about 1.5 miles from the hospital. The house has a shuttle that runs on the hour and 1/2 hour ie. - 7:00 & 7:30 and leaves the hospital at 7:15 and 7:45. Parking sucks....excuse my mouth, but it does. I would suggest the shuttle. Besides, the RMDH and the Hospital are smack dab in the middle of the GHETTO! LOL.

    How will you get from the airport to the RMDH?

    Yes we will have Riley's follow up that day. Not sure when yet. Make sure you pack a ton of things to do. You are bound to notleave his office until 1 or 2 pm. It stinks!  


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