Standard PCIT was developed and validated with children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. In this chapter, we present adaptations for PCIT that make it suitable for use with older children, aged 7–10. We encourage PCIT therapists to use their clinical judgment in determining the degree of adaptation necessary for 7-year-olds. Some smaller and less mature 7-year-olds can benefit from PCIT in its standard form. These children are still small enough to be carried to a time-out chair and find Child-Directed Interaction (CDI) enjoyable. Other 7-year-olds might be too large and aggressive to safely use hands-on strategies for discipline. Still others are too cognitively sophisticated for the communication skills of CDI that are geared toward preschoolers. In this chapter, we illustrate how to conduct PCIT in a developmentally sensitive way with this older population.
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