Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (EBD)

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Inclusive academic instruction and psychopharmacology have had a positive impact on children with EBD; however, researchers place an immense emphasis on the use of cognitive behavioral interventions to effectively treat children with EBD in the classroom (Mayer & Acker, 2005). Cognitive behavioral interventions consist of teaching students with EBD to understand and modify their own thoughts and behaviors (Mayer & Acker, 2005). These interventions focus on behavior change while additionally facilitating cognitive change. Cognitive behavioral interventions promote self-directed change and focus on decreasing maladaptive thoughts related to aggression, anger, anxiety, and depression (Mayer & Acker, 2005). Garner, …show more content…
(2006), the main limitation to administering medicines for children with EBD is the risk of developing side effects of the medication. Side effects range from small rashes to the body producing life-threatening responses (Treatment of Mental Illness, 2009). Similar to an inclusive classroom, children and their bodies respond differently to different medications. A certain medication may work well for one child, but not for another even if they display similar behaviors (Gimpel & Holland, 2003). Gimpel and Holland (2003) additionally state that parents might not be able to afford medications or visits to a psychologist or specialist. However, if a student does receive medication for EBD, it is often hard for parents and teachers to monitor and administer medication consistently. Moreover, not taking the medicine regularly puts the child at risk for developing more side effects and not benefiting from the medication itself (Gimpel & Holland, …show more content…
CBT enhances the child’s opportunity to change maladaptive behavior through considering alternative and more adaptive thought and behavioral options. If children are resistant to understanding and changing maladaptive behaviors, they may not benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy. Resistance may also be perpetuated by the practitioner who should alter their delivery of CBT. Another possible limitation of CBT includes focusing primarily on the specific situation instead of focusing on any underlying reasons for the behavior. This intervention focuses on making better decisions regarding behaviors and can be tailored to meet the goals and needs of the child with

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