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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT)-Is it effective?

Updated: Jul 5, 2021



Here at Super Calm Sensory Products our aim is to educate parents, carers, teachers and children on neurodiversity and the impact it can have on the person caring for the child with a neurodiverse difference. We aim to increase understanding on what is happening in the body of a neurologically different person resulting in greater empathy in understanding certain behaviours. By developing sensory diets and activities aimed towards their specific sensory needs the child should reach optimum levels of arousal to allow them to be present during school and home life.

Someone who has neurologically diverse differences may react differently to others around sensory stimuli and other environmental factors. The overall goal is to promote understanding and increase empathy resulting in a more harmonious environment for all.


 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a commonly used talk therapy or psychotherapy. You work with a counsellor in a structured manner, typically CBT is carried out over a set number of sessions. CBT aims to provide you with the skills to react to situations in a more appropriate manner and identify negative thoughts you may be having. CBT can be used by anyone to help them cope with stress in their life in a more effective manner.

CBT may help in the following areas:

  • Manage symptoms of mental illness

  • Prevent a relapse of mental illness symptoms

  • Treat a mental illness when medications aren't a good option

  • Learn techniques for coping with stressful life situations

  • Identify ways to manage emotions

  • Resolve relationship conflicts and learn better ways to communicate

  • Cope with grief or loss

  • Overcome emotional trauma related to abuse or violence

  • Cope with a medical illness

  • Manage chronic physical symptoms

Mental health disorders that may improve with CBT include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Phobias

  • PTSD

  • Sleep disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Substance use disorders

  • Bipolar disorders

  • Schizophrenia


A number of studies were carried out to see the benefits and efficacy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for neurodiverse individuals, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder. The studies have proven there is a level of effectiveness in managing ASD and different symptoms associated.

One study found that there was a decrease in parent reported negative behaviours resulting from core symptoms of Autism and a higher level of emotional regulation for the children. This study also presented findings that parents who underwent Cognitive Behavioural Therapy were better able to manage their neurodiverse child with less anxiety and stress. To read more on these findings please follow the link below.





Another study found that utilising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy proved highly effective during the waitlist period for traditional therapy and treatment plans. In a follow up to the study conducted approximately 60% of children were free of the anxiety element to their diagnosis due to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This is important to note as it shows the long term positive effects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are evident. To read more on this study and it's findings please follow the link below.





Studies have found that in order for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to work to its optimum level for neurodiverse children, the plan must be flexible and individual to each child. A general CBT plan would not produce as significant a result as an individualised plan for each child. Here at Super Calm we agree with this thought, that is why our packages can be tailored to each child's specific need.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is particularly beneficial in treating OCD- obsessive compulsive disorder which is frequently diagnosed alongside Autism. To read more on this information please follow the link below.





Overall one of the most significant findings from studies is the reduction in poor mental health in neurodiverse children. We find this highly important as we think all children should have the skills to become content, calm and engaged in daily life.

Our packages will enable neurodiverse children to become calm, content and happier in their school life, home life and everyday activities.


 

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