Children (Ages 3 – 10)
All children encounter difficult times during this important stage of life. Separation and divorce, difficulty making friends, or adjusting to changes at school or home are just a few examples of the struggles children face. Some children need more help than others to get through these times. Therapy for children in the form of play is more effective in helping them process difficult emotions because play is a natural form of communication for children.
Adolescents (Ages 11 – 19)
During this great transition period, teenagers are ever changing both physically and emotionally. This time can be rewarding, yet challenging. Today’s adolescents are faced with issues that can significantly impact their development into adulthood. Sometimes, adolescents may just need someone outside of their family to discuss the stressors they are dealing with and help them relieve the pressure they feel. For others, they may need to learn skills to help them to cope through this period of life and long after.
Here are some topics I work on with children and adolescents:
- Parental Divorce/Separation
- Behavior Problems
- Anxiety & Nervousness
- Depression/ Extreme Sadness
- Anger/ Frustration
- Dealing with a major life change: school transitioning, a move, death of loved one
- Showing signs of Autism
- Social Skills Training
- Applied Behavior Anaylsis
- Friendship Skill Training
- Sleep Issues
School Advocacy Consulting (Special Needs Services)
School-aged children with a physical, mental, or learning impairment have the right to receive additional services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) and/or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Even if your child does not attend public school these services could be provided through your local school district. As a 504 Site Coordinator for five years, I can help parents navigate the process and support in obtaining services.