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.


Solutions for young children with challenging behavior

Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. Parents who are seeking therapy to address behavioral problems such as aggression, non-compliance, defiance, and temper tantrums, or to improve interactions with their children may find this a beneficial approach. Our PCIT therapists teach parents how to manage challenging behavior with confidence using behavioral principles, and will work with your family until your child’s home behaviors improve.


Solutions for Stress-management, time/task management, underachievement and low motivation 

If your child is struggling to keep up with academic expectations and pressures, individual counseling can help them to learn and practice effective strategies to cope with academic and social-related stress. This can be helpful for students with diverse cognitive abilities, ranging from those with learning disabilities to gifted students. Individual therapy and motivational coaching, can help your child develop healthier, more positive attitudes and coping strategies they can carry with them throughout high school and beyond. During individual work with your child, we will create a highly tailored treatment plan that will help them effectively work through their stressors instead of lashing out or shutting down.


 

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.

We 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 our team 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 we 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 our team to design your own