Children and Adolescents
We offer a variety of evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents.
PROBLEMS IN CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
We offer a wide range of evidenced-based treatments for children and adolescents with the following difficulties:
· ADHD and Learning Disabilities
· Adjusting to Change
· Anger Management Issues
· Anxiety Disorders
· Nightmare Disorders
· Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
· Social Anxiety
· Test Taking Anxiety
· Trauma Issues
· Behavioral Problems
Primary Treatment Components
· Focuses on improving the child’s or adolescent’s emotional and/or behavioral difficulties, with an emphasis on:
· Coping Skills. Children and teens face multiple challenges, and being able to effectively cope with these challenges can reduce current symptoms and prevent a variety of symptoms and problems in the future. Thus, building a “tool box” of coping skills can be beneficial for anyone, at any time. Examples of coping skills include thought challenging, problem-solving, relaxation, coping cards/statements, communication and social skills training, assertiveness training, anger management, and emotional awareness and regulation.
· Behavior Problems. Child and adolescent behavior problems at home and school are a common source of referrals to mental health practitioners. Parenting practices that work well with typical children are often not effective for strong-willed and/or difficult children, who require a specialized set of parenting techniques. Thus, treatment includes a large parenting component designed to equip parents with the skills necessary to reduce oppositional, defiant, disruptive, and/or aggressive behaviors. Treatments that focus solely on the child are not effective, as motivation for behavior change requires changes in the child’s environment, particularly responses to desired and undesired behaviors. Empirically-supported treatment models for child behavior problems include increasing positive parent-child interactions through specialized attending techniques and labeled praise, planned ignoring, structured household rules and contingency management plans, effective discipline techniques, and conflict resolution (for teens). Treatment may also include various coping skills for children and adolescents (see above).
Psychological Testing and Evaluations:
· Assesses children and adolescents for a number of intellectual, emotional, behavioral and learning disorders.
· Clarifies diagnoses, which aids in treatment planning, by providing recommendations regarding therapy, school accommodations, medications and other needed behavioral health services
Parent Training: Parents are Primary Change agents and need help too.
· When treating children, parents are often involved in therapy sessions, particularly when the child is young or when behavior problems are the target of treatment. We teach parents how to modify the child’s environment, particularly parental responses to desired and undesired behaviors. We rely on empirically-supported treatment models for child behavior problems, which include:
o Conflict resolution (for adolescents)
o Effective discipline techniques
o Labeled praise
o Planned ignoring
o Structured household rules
o Assertive Training and Communication Skills