Services are currently offered in English and Spanish
1. Individual Family Services
The clinic offers individual family services for families experiencing trauma, conflict, or life challenges, such as:
- Parent-child bonding
- Pre-/post-natal adjustment
- Foster-adopt placement challenges
- Transition to parenthood
- Couples support around parenting and the family
- Behavioral challenges at home
- Social-skills learning
- Behavioral challenges at school
- Transition issues
- Developmental Concerns
- Development assessments and recommendations for additional support or services
- Developmental assessments
When young children have a rough day they are unlikely to discuss their cognitive struggles or provide explanations for their emotions or behaviors, as they have not yet developed the ability to adequately express their experiences through speech. One way children are able to process their thoughts and emotions is through play. Another reason children play is because there is very little in their environment under their control. Through play, children are able to reenact an event and even change the outcome if they wish. This is especially true for children who have experienced trauma, as children often blame themselves or are afraid to talk about a specific situation even though they are trying to make sense of the experience and feel secure again. When children reenact a trauma using symbolization, such as talking about a doll or fictitious character, they feel free to share their experiences. Play Therapy offers children the opportunity and permission to share and process what is going on internally. Play Therapy is both a powerful and effective method used in a variety of cultures and by many therapists all over the United States and in over 20 other countries around the world.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or TF-CBT is a therapeutic intervention designed to help children, adolescents, and their caregivers to overcome the impact of traumatic events such as sexual or physical abuse, domestic violence, community violence, and the unexpected death of a loved one. TF-CBT is provided to children from 3 to 18 years of age. The treatment typically lasts between 12 to 16 sessions with a mixture of individual sessions for child or adolescent, individual sessions for caregivers, and conjoint sessions between the caregiver and child or adolescent. A major treatment goal is to provide the child an opportunity to discuss details about the trauma in a supportive and nurturing environment, helping to strengthen the child and caregiver relationship. Caregiver participation is important. Caregivers can expect assistance with learning techniques to improve parenting skills, improving communication, support in support of their child, and an opportunity for the parent to process the impact of the trauma.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Teaches parents traditional play-therapy skills to use as social reinforcers of positive child behavior and traditional behavior management skills to decrease negative child behavior. PCIT is done across two different phases. The first phase is to build up warmth within the relationship between you and your child. In this phase, you will be learning and applying skills to help make your child feel calm and secure. The second phase is to help you manage and equip the most challenging behaviors while remaining calm, confident, and consistent in your approach to discipline.
Floortime is a relationship-based developmental psychotherapy that helps children with autism reach milestones critical to emotional and intellectual growth. In this therapy, the parent or therapist follows the child's lead and meets the child at their developmental level to build on their strengths.
2. Group Services
- The clinic offers child and/or parent groups for children to develop social skills, improve parent-child interactions,
- and to support the family in improving developmental outcomes
Current Groups - 2023
6-Week Social Skills Combined Program
The Healthy Early Years Clinic is offering a 6-week developmental program to support social skills and enhance development for children 3-7 years old.
In a small group of kids, each child will be provided with one-on-one playtime with a clinician who will be coaching and supporting children's interactions by following the child's lead, supporting creativity, and expanding play activity.
It will be used the Floortime approach which aims to strengthen child's skills in communicating, cooperation, sharing, and reading and responding to social and emotional signals.
The Healthy Early Years Clinic will also offer a 6-week coaching class for parents to learn tools to support parent-children's connection and communication in order to promote cooperation and social emotional regulation.
In a small group of parents, two clinicians will provide social skills tools based on the Floortime approach. The parenting group will happen at the same time of the Children Social Skills Program.
Duration: 6-week program, every Wednesday beginning in February 15th
Group: 3-7 years old
Total cost: $40
Limit spots available
Masks will be required during all time. The child and caregiver will have to postpone the group session in case of:
- any cold like symptoms, fever, or cough
- have been around those with similar symptoms, or
- are immune-compromised