Therapy Services for Children with Behavioral and Emotional Challenges
Sometimes, despite the best efforts of parents and teachers, children struggle or experience distress. The children we work with often exhibit one or more of the following:
- Emotional intensity, difficulty self-calming and being soothed
- Overly aggressive behaviors
- Poor response to typical discipline strategies
- Intense and/or persistent fears
- Stress associated with daily life, divorce of parents, loss, trauma, grief, or parent/ child relationship challenges
- Self-absorption and difficulty engaging
Is it Too Soon to Ask for Help?
The disadvantages of the "wait and see approach":
Research has found that 12% of young children suffer from significant developmental or emotional difficulties which place them at increased risk for longer-term challenges. Although some children will "grow out of it", for others these difficulties are the beginning of vicious cycles, leading to more entrenched challenges as time goes on.
The benefits of intervening early:
Early intervention harnesses the power of rapid brain development and growth in helping children and their families learn new patterns of behavior. By addressing difficulties early, family and peer relationships can be secured rather than stressed, self-esteem can be enhanced rather than lost, and children’s expectations for a bright future can be fostered and realized.
To best address the needs of each child and family, we offer a broad range of services, including the following:
- Therapy sessions with child and parents
- Parental guidance sessions
- Home-based intervention
- Consultations with school staff and other professionals
- Targeted neuropsychological testing
- Drama therapy in small groups
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