Child and Family Therapy
Children and adolescents are usually referred to Child Development Associates because they need help in one or more aspects of their lives- academic, social, behavioral or emotional. The goal of therapy is to understand the source of the problem and to work closely with the child and his or her parents to increase their self-confidence, improve their relationships and enhance their feelings of success and accomplishment. CDA psychologists and social workers employ a range of methods, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and family therapy to achieve targeted short-term objectives and lasting changes. We work closely with parents, teachers and other important adults to build a support network that can provide ongoing counsel and guidance to children. The combination of these efforts helps children to develop their own internal resources and to build on their intellectual and interpersonal strengths.
Many families face times of stress, and parent often find it helpful to have a mental health professional available for support and practical guidance. At CDA, we work together with parents to identify their strengths, to map out their values and to set their priorities for their children. Sessions with parents often focus on problem-solving and we look closely at areas where families may have cause for concern, including sleep habits, homework, discipline, sibling rivalry, meal time routines and transitions.
Parents and non-parents alike can find therapy useful to help them cope with the stresses of daily life, with significant life changes or a loss they have experienced. At CDA, we offer a supportive, confidential place for men and women to share their feelings and discuss their worries. Our goal is to help our clients feel more self-assured, confident and resilient in their personal and professional lives, and to build strong relationships in their families and communities.
A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive testing process which identifies the reasons a child may be struggling in school. It provides an in-depth look at an individual’s capacity to learn, current academic functioning, processes necessary for learning, and social and emotional functioning. Based on the results, specific diagnoses and recommendations for intervention are generated. At CDA, we work with parents and teachers to determine how we can use theses findings to improve children’s performance during the school day and while at home completing their work.
The remediation services we provide utilize the latest research practices to build an individualized program that will improve each child’s reading and writing skills. The work is conducted from a strength-based model which begins with a child’s strengths and adds compensatory strategies to ameliorate weaknesses. The typical educational remediation candidate is a student who has a solid capacity for learning but is nonetheless struggling in school. Work in this area may include: strengthening reading fluency, improving spelling skills, enhancing critical thinking in reading comprehension, and developing a variety of writing strategies.
Executive Functioning and Organizational Skills
CDA’s program in organization and study strategies focuses on building a tool box of skills and approaches to be applied to learning that help children be more successful in school. The focus is on building skills which are generalizable to all academic area. An individualized program is developed based on each child’s needs. Possible skills to be learned may include: active listening, organization of materials and work space, time management and prioritization, highlighting and note taking strategies, getting the most out of textbook reading, critical thinking, writing strategies, memory strategies, and test taking tips.