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Are you struggling with your toddler’s behaviours?

What is PCIT-EI?

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy-Early Intervention (PCIT-EI) was developed to meet the needs of toddlers between ages 12 and 23 months with emerging disruptive behaviour. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a scientifically-supported intervention for reducing problem behaviours in young children. The early intervention programs aims to prevent more significant behavioural difficulties from developing later in life by intervening in toddlerhood.

How does PCIT-EI work?

Parents will learn play-therapy skills to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship. Each week, parents will also learn evidence-based parenting strategies to better manage child disruptive behaviour for them to implement in-session and at home. 

Parents will receive real-time coaching from trained PCIT therapists using a bug-in-ear device from behind a one-way mirror as they interact with their child. This means that parents get practice and feedback on their new parenting skills before taking the skills home and doing it by themselves.

What Does Participation Involve?

The intervention involves 7-weekly sessions, which run for approximately one hour. The first session is with the parent(s) alone and the remaining six sessions involve the therapist working with both parent(s) and child together. 

If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment trial, or finding out whether you or your child are eligible, contact us.