Pediatric psychological services provide two different but complimentary approaches: psychological evaluation (also known as an assessment) and psychological therapy sessions (also known as counseling). At Children’s Therapy Corner, we take a collaborative approach in addressing your child’s specific needs. Along with a psychological evaluation, we aim at helping parents better understand their child through mentoring and educating them to best support their growth. A therapy session might involve parent-only meetings to identify interventions to use at home, consultations to develop approaches across environments, child-only sessions with play-based methods, parent-child sessions, or skill-based sessions aimed at helping your child succeed to their highest potential.
We aim to identify a therapy plan that is enhanced by your child’s strengths in order to develop the most effective plan of action. Communication plays a key role in therapy, not only between the child and therapist but also between the parent and therapist. This communication helps ensure the understanding of expectations, goals and progress as your child develops through therapy.
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About This Service
Psychological therapy services are provided using approaches such as talk, play, art, and other developmentally appropriate methods. These methods are meant to help a child individually or within the context of family relationships. Pediatric psychological therapy addresses emotional, behavioral, and social concerns within a developmental framework that aims to understand the child as a whole person. The therapy can be provided in a one-on-one setting with the child, in collaboration with the child and parent, through parent trainings and consultations, and sometimes through other flexible approaches depending on the child’s needs. A child’s therapy goals may include:
- development of coping skills to handle emotions
- support to aid in adjustment to significant stressors (e.g. divorce, health issues)
- development of social skills
- development of behavior management approaches
- improvement in relational issues such as between the parent and child
The treatment approach involves gathering a full client history, recommending complimentary therapies or evaluations as needed, addressing any additional supports that need to be involved, evaluating realistic expectations and setting attainable goals. These goals are typically focused on improving your child’s mood, behavior, relationships, and other areas of functioning. Children’s Therapy Corner’s psychological evaluation services assess children from toddler through adolescence to address concerns such as developmental delays, social interactions, attention deficit, memory retention, intellectual delays etc. Pediatric psychological evaluations may be recommended as a result of concerns in a school or home setting as well as through a pediatrician referral. The following evaluations may be recommended: neuropsychological, neurodevelopmental, or psychological evaluation. The goals of an evaluation include understanding and diagnosing the underlying cause of the presenting behaviors in order to create an individualized plan utilizing a variety of approaches or treatments that consider the needs of the whole child support each child. Psychological evaluations can be beneficial tool at different phases of psychological therapy. They help identify and clarify goals as well as provide support and room for collaboration with other professionals involved in the care of your child. Psychological evaluations rarely exist as an isolated step in the process, as they most often lead to recommendations for psychological therapy, complimentary therapies (e.g. speech therapy, occupational therapy, ABA therapy), other medical evaluations, parent trainings, and or medication management. The underlying goal of psychological evaluations and psychological therapy is to better understand your child as a complete individual. The parent/caregiver plays a vital role in the mental and physical health of a child, so it is important to prioritize communication and education throughout the journey. Providing additional information about your child’s functioning can only enhance the process in getting started with therapy. Most importantly, participating in the treatment plan plays a significant role in helping your child progress by reinforcing and prompting skills in the home.
- anxiety disorders
- mood disorders
- adjustment disorders
- neurodevelopmental issues like autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorders
- behavior disorders
- sleep onset disorders
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Children’s Therapy Corner provides therapeutic intervention for children. CTC was founded on the belief that there should be a place where families can come and learn about their child’s needs, in a supportive team atmosphere. We will work with you to provide direction and support for your family and your child. The goal is for your child to live their life to its fullest capacity.