Originally Posted by julie anne
Our EI OT wants our little guy (13 mos old) to see a behaviorist due to his sleeping issues. He wakes constantly in the night with a start. How would a behaviorist help?
It depends on the Behaviorist. Remember that Ferber writes about children who have specific medical problems and behavioral problems, and sometimes his methods when used gently can help. The problems come in when parents are just too lazy to parent their children and try to use the methods on kids who don't have a problem, and use them in an overly heavy handed way. At least that's what I think. It's been a long time since I read his book, and I lost all my books in a fire two years ago so I can't look it back up.
We see a behaviorist who helps my kids with their Asperger's, and other issues. They have a father who has Borderline Personality Disorder, so sometimes they are confused about what is "normal" and it can really help to have an outside party guide them a bit.
It's hard to explain how he helps, but he does. He's never done anything or recommended anything that went against our AP values, and has only supported my parenting style.
Two kids can do the same thing for two completely different reasons. Reacting in the same way to both kids won't work for both. KWIM? The behaviorist helps by talking us through why they do some things, and what to do or not do about it. So far he's had us read two books and they were both AWSOME!
After reading everybody eles'es coments: Yeah, there might not be much a behaviorist can do now about the sleep problems, sounds more like a neuro thing. Behaviorists can be wonderful help.