I see children ages 6 months through 18 years for both assessments and treatment. Throughout this process I work closely with parents or caregivers to help them understand their child's behavior and strategies to help the entire family thrive. For very young children, it's important for their parent or caregiver to be present for the entire time, while for older children I may check in with parents at the beginning or end of the session.
My services offered include:
- Developmental and cognitive (IQ) assessments. These assessments can help you understand how your child is developing in relation to other child his/her age, and to track progress over time.
- Psychodiagnostic assessments. This type of assessment involves determining the most appropriate diagnosis for an individual. While we have to be very careful about labels, the correct diagnosis can help with accessing treatments and services. I often see families who know "something's wrong" but are not sure what it might be and I can help families to figure this out and better understand their child.
- Autism diagnostic assessments. This assessment is done if autism is suspected. I use gold standard diagnostic tools, including the ADOS.
- Play Therapy. Young children communicate and learn through play. This type of therapy can help children learn social skills, develop communication, better manage their emotions, and connect with their caregivers.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. This type of therapy involves learning to recognize and change your thoughts and behaviors. Changing your thoughts and behaviors has a direct impact on your emotions, and reduces depression and anxiety. This type of treatment is appropriate for adults and children at least 8 years old.
- Parent Coaching. Parenting is challenging at times, and can be even more so if your child is experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties. I offer collaborative coaching to help manage your child's behavior in a way that is positive and supports your child's development. I also offer parent coaching in how to teach skills to children with developmental delays.
- Early Start Denver Model. This is an evidence-based early intervention model that is developmentally informed. You can learn more here: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/research/esdm/
- JASPER. This is a developmental early intervention model that has shown great success in helping children with autism develop language. You can learn more here: http://www.interactingwithautism.com/section/treating/jasper