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WMH

Home / Child development and guidance

Our programs are individualized and designed around the needs of the child.

STEP ONE
At first clinical consultation we discuss your concerns about your child and think together to consider whether formal assessment is required.

STEP TWO
For each case assessment is planned depending on the needs of the child. In the assessment we map out diagnosis, intervention goals and activities to address the child’s behavior, learning, communication, social, cognitive and daily living skills.

STEP THREE
Upon completion, a full psychological assessment report is compiled with details about your child’s strengths and difficulties, and an individualized treatment program is then designed for clinic sessions as well as school/ classroom interventions and home/family support with suggestions and recommendations for supporting your child to reach their emotional, social and academic potential.

What should parents expect from a Psychological Assessment?

A psychological assessment evaluates thinking, learning, emotions and behavior. The assessment may include interviews of parent and child, observation, and various standardized tests. Testing includes pencil and paper tasks, questionnaires and checklists, puzzles, drawing, and games. The assessment covers many skill areas, such as general intellectual level, language, memory and learning, problem solving, planning and organization, fine motor skills, visual spatial skills, and academic skills (reading, math, spelling and writing). It also includes an examination of behavior and emotions.

** Psychological tests are not one-size-fits-all. We pick and choose a specific set of assessments and tests for each individual client.**

What should parents expect from a Child Counseling or a Behavior Therapy ?

Sometimes children and young people and their families need extra support to deal with the growing up troubles. Child and adolescent counseling is a different process than adult counseling. Children may require specific methods based on their developmental age, strengths and weaknesses that include play therapy, talking therapy, parent training and family sessions.

Each session is usually 30 to 45 minutes. The frequency and number of sessions needed vary with the diagnosis and severity of the problem.

Interventions applicable to Children- toddlers to pre teens

  • Early intervention therapy for developmental delay
  • Anxiety management program  
  • Strategies for managing teasing and bullying 
  • Anger management program 
  • Treatment for working memory and attention difficulties 
  • Behavior management for hyperactivity and inattention
  • Behavior management for oppositional and defiant behaviors
  • Stress management including examination stress
  • School issues related consultations   
  • Habits and tics training
  • Anxiety and depression management in teens and young adults
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Feeding disorders
  • Self esteem, assertiveness and social skills training
  • Exam stress management
  • Relationship and friendship issues
  • Family conflict 
  • Substance abuse- alcohol, marihuana, and other drugs
  • Smoking
  • Trauma and abuse counseling

ASSESSMENTS IN CHILDREN:

  • Developmental assessment of infants and preschoolers ( below 5 years for suspected developmental disorders)

Investigation of delay in achieving early childhood milestones (motor/ speech) and Analysis of cognitive development, social-emotional interactions, communication skills, and self-care abilities related to school readiness in toddlers.

  • Emotional/Psychological assessments

Brief problem behavior focused assessment protocols are designed to investigate specific challenging behaviors like school refusal, anxiety, anger, disobedience and defiance of authority /parents/ teachers, problems with friends and peers, low self esteem, sibling rivalry, shyness, bullying, habits and tics and screening for other challenging behaviors. Brief assessment can be completed over one session.

  • IQ Assessments
  • ADHD/ADD Work up is frequently requested by schools for attention deficit, impulsivity and hyperactivity in classroom. Following assessment a plan is made for management with medication and/ or behavior management program.
  • Dyslexia/ Psycho-educational assessments (Learning Portfolio): Detailed psychological assessment covering four domains: behavioral, social, cognitive and emotional for poor academic performance.
  • ASD work up (PDD and AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS and ASPERGERS DISORDER)

Individualized Therapy
We offer a range of evidence based individual therapy that is specific to the age, level of understanding and particular difficulties of each child. The number of sessions required will vary according to each child’s need.

Play Therapy
For younger children, we offer play therapy where we use toys, drawings, stories and sandplay to help the child to identify, explore and express their feelings. As children often do not verbalise things in the same way as adults, play provides a non-threatening way for them to communicate.

Psychotherapy/ Talking Therapy
For older children and adolescents we offer a range of talking therapies which are chosen depending on the nature of your child’s difficulties and tailored to their particular circumstances and developmental level.

Group Therapy
We provide a range of group treatment programs for children, adolescents and adults. We regularly run social skills training groups and parenting groups.

Parenting Workshops
We regularly run parenting groups on a wide range of topics.

Professional Training Programs
We also conduct training programs for psychologists, school counselors, doctors and other mental health professionals.


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