Behavioural therapy is a form of therapy that seeks to identify and help change potentially self-destructive or unhealthy behaviours. It functions on the idea that all behaviours are learned and that unhealthy behaviours can be changed. An important feature of behavioural therapy is its focus on current problems and behaviours, and on attempts to remove behaviour the patient finds troublesome.
Applied behaviour therapy and play therapy are commonly used by behavioural therapists. Treatment involves teaching children different methods of responding to situations more positively.
A central part of this therapy is rewarding positive behaviour and punishing negative behaviour. Parents must help to reinforce this in the child’s day-to-day life.
Children with autism and ADHD often benefit from behavioural therapy.