Parent-child interaction therapy teaches specific skills parents can use to help improve physical and verbal exchanges with their children. Aimed primarily at children ages 2-6, PCIT has been shown to be effective for children who exhibit disruptive behavior due to a variety of reasons such as post-traumatic stress disorder or autism spectrum disorder.
PCIT can help improve family dynamics by introducing skills to curb negative behaviors and improve interactions between family members. This is achieved by practicing new behaviors and ways of communicating that focus on reassurance and positive encouragement.
The techniques taught by parent-child interaction therapy builds better relationships between children and their caregivers, which leads to improved behavior. When practiced consistently, both parents and children experience more confidence, reduced anger and less aggression.