No two children are alike. Even more so, no two children with the same diagnosis are alike. An intervention, to be effective, must be individually calibrated for your child. It must be based not only upon the formal diagnosis, but on the specific characteristic on how your child responds to you and other people around him. How does she usually express herself and react to sounds, lights and touch? Is he hypersensitive or under-reactive? Does she have problems relating to people or expressing her feelings? Does he scream in frustration or becomes withdrawn? All those reactive and behavioral characteristics provide an window into how your child thinks, feels and reacts.
These are the essential characteristics of your child, and the treatment will be specifically calibrated and geared in accordance with your child's thinking, feeling and reacting style as well as her natural temperamental inclination.
Usually, treatment starts with a one and a half hour long evaluation and assessment session. If necessary, the evaluation includes formal neuropsychological tests. It also consists of an extensive parental interview and careful observations of how your child interacts with you, the evaluator, and the environment. When age and ability permits, the child is also extensively interviewed. After the evaluation is completed, the results are discussed and parental (and child's) questions are answered, and a treatment plan is designed in cooperation with the parents. The length and frequency of the treatment depend on a specific diagnosis and family dynamics.
My integrated treatment approach combines various techniques and methods to answer individual developmental needs of your child. I use DIR Floortime, play therapy and elements of ABA for autistic spectrum disorders, whereas Play therapy, Narrative therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy as well as short relaxation sessions (including EFT) are usually used for Attention Deficit Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar disorders. In addition, relaxation sessions, behavioral therapy, play therapy and narrative therapy are usually combined to treat emotional and behavioral problems not grasped by a specific diagnosis. The exact combination of how those techniques will be used with your child depends on your child's individual needs and characteristics as well as on her current position on the developmental ladder.