How do I decide if my child could benefit from one-on-one support?
Client concerns addressed
Anxiety / Excessive worrying
Social skills deficits
Learning differences (including ADHD)
Limited coping skills
Family changes / Transitions (such as separations, moves, changes in schools)
Grief and Loss
Autism Spectrum Disorders
what to expect
Once we decide to work together, we’ll schedule a parent(s)/caregiver(s) only Intake. The intake is our opportunity to better get to know one another, discuss relevant history, and begin to explore goals and treatment approaches.
Intakes are completed remotely, via telehealth services.
Thereafter, sessions are typically held on a weekly basis at a regular time.
The overall length of treatment will vary based on a number of factors, such as:
Child’s readiness to engage with the clinician
Length of time concerns have been present
Intensity of concerns/difficulties
Child’s ability to generalize skills to the world outside the playroom
Parent engagement and ongoing support
Support and involvement of other professionals (teachers, psychiatrists, OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.)
I recommend that you feel comfortable committing to at least 12 sessions, though a course of treatment is often longer for children.
If your child disappears behind a door and re-emerges 45 minutes later and you have no idea what happened - how can you help? You really can’t!
Your clinician is with your child once a week. As a caregiver, the rest of the time is yours! Children need your support in order to generalize the new skills they’re learning in therapy.
Caregivers should expect regular communication with their child’s clinician and you should be encouraged to ask questions.
Methods of involvement I use often include:
Brief written summaries of the session
Participation in part or all of a session
Resources (links to online articles, book suggestions or referrals)