Solutions for ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, & ASD in Youth

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends cognitive behavioral therapy as an effective treatment for depression and anxiety in youth as well as behavior therapy as a first line treatment for young children with ADHD.  ABA services and behavior therapy are effective in supporting healthy development for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental delays.  Social skills training is also beneficial for many children and adolescents and can help them improve self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and overall well-being.

 

PARENTING SOLUTIONS

To some extent we all communicate through our actions.  When kids misbehave or act out it is because they either have learned that these behaviors will get them what they want/need OR they don't have the skills to meet their needs appropriately.  So whether your child throws a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store, struggles with transitions or changes in routine, experiences aggression/irritability or displays any other concerning behaviors, it is important to understand the root cause of their actions in order to know the skills that need to be taught (and practiced) as well as preventions and helpful ways for caregivers to react.

I can help you find solutions for:

  • Challenging Daily Routines- Morning, bedtime, and other day-to-day routines that kids resist.
  • Mealtime Problems- Kids who don't sit to eat meals, picky eaters, and those who demand parents become short-order-cooks.
  • Bedtime and Sleep Struggles- Kids who have difficulty at bedtime and struggle to sleep through the night.
  • Pacifier and Bottle Attachment- Kids who are unable to calm down without their paci or bottle.
  • Non-Compliance- When parents repeat, remind, yell and even do for their child what they asked their child to do.
  • Whining/Demanding- Kids who get what they want by asking in a not-so-nice way.
  • Separation Anxiety- Kids who become inconsolable for a long time when separated from their parent/caregiver.
  • Tantrums and Meltdowns- Kids who use misbehavior in an attempt to get what they want or to express frustration.
  • Power Struggles- Kids who say "up" when their parents say "down".
  • Homework Struggles- When homework time is a battle and may even involve tears.
  • Social Struggles- When difficulty interacting with other kids leads to isolation, feelings of loneliness, and/or avoidance of social situations altogether.
  • School Refusal- When youth excessively worry about being away from a parent/caregiver, act out, or complain of physical symptoms in order to resist, avoid, and refuse to go to school.
  • Healthy Technology Boundaries- Determining how to set realistic and healthy boundaries for cell phone and social media use.
  • Or work with me to design your own.

 

Workshops for Parents and Professionals

Workshops are both social and educational events where caregivers and/or professionals gather with friends/colleagues to discuss a wide range of common parenting challenges.  Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and I provide feedback and guidance on specific areas of concern.  Not only will you have fun with friends and fellow parents or colleagues, but you will learn new tools and resources for making your parenting or professional experience more effective, enjoyable, and rewarding.

Topics Include:

  • Interventions for Children with Challenging Behaviors
  • Bye Bye Binkie (or Bottle)
  • Improving Compliance
  • Using Praise to Get What You Want From Your Child
  • No One Likes to Wait- Learn How to Avoid Meltdowns
  • Using Timeout Correctly and Effectively
  • Reducing Your Child's Anxiety
  • Understanding the School System
  • Promoting Healthy Sleep Hygiene and Getting Your Kids to Bed
  • Secrets for Happy Mealtime
  • Developing Healthy Reading Routines
  • Mom (Daddy) and Me- Creating Special Time Together
  • Improving the Parent/Child Relationship
  • Teaching Self Control
  • The Magic of Routines
  • Ending Homework Struggles
  • Tantrums- What is to Be Expected and How to Respond
  • How Kids Learn
  • Reducing Parental Stress
  • Tricks with Timers- Teaching Waiting and Improving Transitions, Focus and Attention
  • Enrichment for Daily Routines
  • Toilet Training 101
  • Or work with me to design your own