Trouble at School


School is the main occupation of children from ages 5 through 18. Those 13 years can be filled with tremendous growth, learning, memories, friendships that last a lifetime and the blossoming of the unique self within each child. Every parent strives to create the conditions for school to go well for their child. Even the typical evolution of the school years includes many bumps and bruises. It is sometimes difficult to tell when it is really trouble at school or when it is an expected challenge that children face to develop the skills and maturity we hope for them. For more information click the age range of interest.

Services



The following services are available for children.

Child– Individual Psychotherapy

One on one therapy between your child and a licensed therapist focused on your child’s specific needs. Sessions are 45 to 50 minutes and often include 5 to 10 minutes briefing with the parents and 35 to 45 minutes with the child. 

Child – Medication Evaluation and Management

A complete diagnostic evaluation of your child by a medical specialist: Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. The initial session is 90 minutes, consisting of individual time with parents and children focusing on the presenting issue as well as family, social, developmental, medical and school history. Follow up sessions range from 30 to 50 minutes.

Child – Group Psychotherapy

One therapist and an assistant lead 6 to 10 children through empirically based, structured activities that increase your child’s skill in particular areas. Most of the groups are between 10 and 12 weeks long and 50 minutes per session. 

Psychological assessments for children

Empirically based psychometric assessment is commonly used to refine diagnosis and develop treatment plans. A variety of instruments may be used to measure cognitive functioning and personality traits. 

Neuropsychological assessment for children

Empirically based neuropsychological assessment is commonly used to assess brain functioning as it pertains to behavioral expression. A variety of instruments may be used to measure cognitive functioning and personality traits. 

Educational assessment for children

Empirically based psychometric assessment specifically targeted to understanding and improving educational outcomes for children. A variety of instruments may be used to measure cognitive functioning and personality traits as they relate to school success. Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals and adaptations are recommended in the report. 

Educational consulting and advocacy

Consultation with an educational advocate that supports families as they work with schools so that children receive the support they need to succeed in the school setting. Advocates meet with families, offer consultation for working with schools, and are available to attend school based meetings with the family.

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