Multidisciplinary developmental evaluations at C&FD

Friday, Dec 8, 2017 by Child & Family Development

We are pleased to expand our services to include: Multidisciplinary Developmental Evaluations for children ages 24 months-4 years

Our multidisciplinary infant-toddler diagnostic team offers these specialty evaluations at our Midtown Child and Family Development office. The diagnostic evaluation assesses domains for language and communication skills, early cognitive development, adaptive functioning, play skills and symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Expert diagnostic team:
Psychologists, Ashley Kies PhD or Devon Redmond PhD
Speech-Language Therapist, Melinda Schatz MA CCC-SLP

Usual and customary tools:  
• Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2®)
• Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS™)
• Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Third Edition (Bayley-III®) 
• Preschool Language Scales, Fifth Edition (PLS-5™)
• Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition (Vineland-3™)

Estimated cost: $2,381.00 (partially billable to insurance)

Read more about multidisciplinary evaluations. 

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Topics: Melinda Schatz, Devon Redmond, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Psychoeducational evaluations at Child and Family Development

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development psychologists and educators offer comprehensive evaluation services.  

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Mary Froneberger, Marie Arrington, Jessica DeLing, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services, Shavonda Bean, Ashley Kies, Trisha Dyer, Kelsie Salmen, ed

Multidisciplinary developmental evaluations at C&FD

Monday, Sep 11, 2017 by Child & Family Development

We are pleased to expand our services to include: Multidisciplinary Developmental Evaluations for children ages 24 months-4 years

Our multidisciplinary infant-toddler diagnostic team offers these specialty evaluations at our Midtown Child and Family Development office. The diagnostic evaluation assesses domains for language and communication skills, early cognitive development, adaptive functioning, play skills and symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Expert diagnostic team:
Psychologists, Ashley Kies PhD or Devon Redmond PhD
Speech-Language Therapist, Melinda Schatz MA CCC-SLP

Usual and customary tools:  
• Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2®)
• Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS™)
• Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, Third Edition (Bayley-III®) 
• Preschool Language Scales, Fifth Edition (PLS-5™)
• Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition (Vineland-3™)

Estimated cost: $2,381.00 (partially billable to insurance)

Read more about multidisciplinary evaluations. 

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Topics: Melinda Schatz, Devon Redmond, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Ashley Kies, psychologist, celebrates 1 year at C&FD 

Friday, Aug 11, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Ashley Kies

Ashley Kies PhD LPA NCSP is a psychologist at the Midtown office. She is celebrating 1 year at Child and Family Development this month.   

She shares:  

"“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first year at C&FD.  I appreciate being able to serve a wide span of ages through evaluations and in both individual and group therapy.  My current client caseload ranging from ages 3-23 always promises a fun, rewarding day full of smiling faces and laughter.  Lately I’ve enjoyed being asked about my growing belly (I’m expecting).  There is currently a tie for my favorite thing about work: 1) seeing a child and their parents’ shared sense of pride after successfully meeting therapy goals and 2) watching participants get to know each other and develop friendships over the course of a Social Skills program.”

Congratulations Ashley! 

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Fall 2017 Psychology Social Skills Program at C&FD for kids and teens

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

The next Child and Family DevelopmentSOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAM begins in September 2017. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Curriculum-based materials will be utilized to improve social, emotional, and self-regulatory strategies and skills. Meetings will include a short lesson and opportunities for practice (e.g., role-playing, activities and games). Acquisition of skills can lead to reduced stress and anxiety, improved school performance, healthier peer relationships, and better management of emotions and reactions. Parent handouts will be provided regularly that review content and offers suggestions for working on that week’s skill at home. Focus will be on skills including conversational skills, choosing appropriate friends, appropriate use of humor, being flexible, having get-togethers, being a good sport, responding to teasing/ bullying and handling disagreements.

45-minute sessions are weekly for a consecutive 10-week period. Additional programs, including for other ages and other difficulties, may be offered as interest exists.

FALL 2017 OFFERINGS (Pineville office only)

Boys & Girls (4-6 years): Tuesdays 4:30, Dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14

Boys (13-15 years): Tuesdays 5:15, Dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14

Girls (10-12 years): Wednesdays 4:30, Dates: 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15

Boys (8-9 years): Wednesdays 5:15, Dates: 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15

Boys (10-12 years): Thursdays 4:30, Dates: 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9, 11/16

Girls (7-9 years): Thursdays 5:15, Dates: 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/9, 11/16

COST
Programs are offered in 10 session bundles. Full payment of $500.00 is required at the time of enrollment.

We accept cash, checks, or Visa/MasterCard. This is a self pay service that cannot be submitted to insurance. Parents/guardians are responsible for payment. In the case of divorced parents, foster care parents, etc., the adult who arranges for services for the minor is responsible for payment. C&FD is not responsible for billing or collecting from any other party. There are no refunds for canceled or missed appointments. C&FD is not responsible for missed appointments and will not pro-rate the total rate for missed sessions. To ensure optimal placement, a diagnostic interview is required for clients who are 1) new to C&FD or 2) have not participated in a psycho-educational evaluation within the last year, before enrolling to review presenting concerns and medical history. This service may be billable to insurance. Most of our psychologists are in-network with Aetna and BCBS. Unexpected provider-cancelled sessions will be rescheduled to a designated make-up date and offered at no additional cost. Weekly attendance is strongly encouraged to build continuity of skills. Attendees make more progress with consistent attendance to review and practice skills.

CONTACT
Gretchen Hunter, PhD
704-940-0626

Click here for an info page.

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies, Trisha Dyer

August social skills program for girls with anxiety: Winning Over Worries (WOW)

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Winning Over Your Worries (the WOW program) is designed to be an inspiring way for girls to get support and insight from others who also live with anxiety.

The WOW program is led by Ashley Kies, Ph.D., LPA and other members of the psychology team. Dr. Kies leads discussions, introduces positive coping skills and coaches participants on how to apply the skills in social situations. Girls learn about negative thinking patterns and how they impact mood. Instead of accepting those anxious thoughts as true, girls learn to identify and challenge those thoughts.

Activities and discussions encourage everyone to generate more realistic versions of situations and help everyone develop coping skills to manage anxiety. Meetings also include group discussions, relaxation training, guided imagery, and mindfulness activities. Resources about anxiety and these new skills are shared with parents.

This experience may be an adjunct to individual therapy and can be extremely valuable in helping your child/adolescent feel understood and less alone. Each girl participates in group discussions and has the opportunity to share her experiences and get feedback from others. With peer support, she is encouraged to face her fears and win over her worries!

SCHEDULE

This summer, sessions will be scheduled at participant's mutual availability and convenience. Regular attendance is strongly encouraged to build continuity of skills. Attendees make more progress with consistent attendance to review and practice skills. 

COST

Programs are offered in bundles for $50 per session. Full payment is required at the time of enrollment.  These sessions are not billable to insurance and are non-refundable.

Unexpected provider-canceled sessions will be rescheduled to a designated make-up date and offered at no additional cost.

To ensure optimal placement, a diagnostic interview is required before enrolling to review presenting concerns and medical history. This service may be billable to insurance.  Most of our psychologists are in-network with Aetna and BCBS.  

CONTACT

Ashley Kies PhD, 704-332-4834 ext. 137

Click here for an information page. 

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

C&FD Preschool Social Skills Program in August

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Child and Family Development psychologists are pleased to announce this new program for preschool aged children. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Fun, interactive materials based on the Social Thinking® model will be utilized to improve self-awareness, self-monitoring, self regulation and flexible social skills.  The program will include instruction, group activities and play within a positive, supportive, kid-friendly environment.  Acquisition of skills can lead to improved social functioning and behavior at home, school and in the community, leading to more social engagement, healthier relationships with others as well as increased self esteem and self confidence.

This program is for 4-5 year old boys and girls. Participants should:

  • have social difficulties as a result of autism (ASD), attention difficulties (like ADHD) or other social communication challenges
  • have average to above average receptive and expressive language skills
  • be able to follow simple directions
  • be able to engage in a lesson for at least 15 minutes without wandering off

A parent handout will be provided after each session that reviews content and offers suggestions for continued practice at home.

OFFERINGS

The program is scheduled for August 21st-25th.       

Each session will be 120 minutes in length and meet Monday-Friday from 9-11am.

Additional programs for other ages and other difficulties may be offered as interest exists.

COST

This program is offered in a 5 session bundle. Full payment of $500.00 is required at the time of enrollment.  These sessions are not billable to insurance and are non-refundable.

Unexpected provider-canceled sessions will be rescheduled to a designated make-up date and offered at no additional cost.

To ensure optimal placement, a diagnostic interview is required before enrolling to review presenting concerns and medical history. This service may be billable to insurance.  Most of our psychologists are in-network with Aetna and BCBS.  

Daily attendance is strongly encouraged to build continuity of skills. Attendees make more progress with consistent attendance to review and practice skills.

CONTACT

Gretchen Hunter, PhD, 704-940-0626, ghunter@childandfamilydevelopment.com

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Need an ASD diagnosis for ABA services? Autism evaluations at C&FD

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 


To obtain authorization for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services, many funding sources require an evaluation from a doctoral psychologist.  Four psychologists at Child and Family Development are autism experts and offer ASD evaluations to rule in or out the diagnosis.

  • Ashley Kies, PhD LPA
  • Devon Redmond PhD
  • Brandyn Street PhD
  • Chris Vrabel PsyD

Our psychology team is credentialed with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and Healthgram.  We file to most other insurance plans on an out-of-network basis. For out-of-network plans, we can assist families in exploring single case agreements for in-network status with their plan.

Our psychologists provide comprehensive and timely assessment and treatment for families seeking a diagnosis and support.

Our evaluations begin with a parent interview and include intellectual testing, formal assessment of social and communication skills (using a test such as the ADOS-2) and behavioral questionnaires that are completed by parents and teachers. During the Interpretive Parent Conference, the results are reviewed and recommendations for therapy, school or community interventions are shared. A written report follows in about 3 weeks.

There is no waiting list for services. Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations are available at both the Charlotte/Midtown and Pineville offices.

Families may call our offices to get started or a physician can send a Fax Referral Form.

Read more about our autism services here.

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Topics: Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Social Skills & Coping for girls with anxiety: WOW Program

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Winning Over Your Worries (the WOW program) is designed to be an inspiring way for girls to get support and insight from others who also live with anxiety.

The WOW program is led by Ashley Kies, Ph.D., LPA and other members of the psychology team. Dr. Kies leads discussions, introduces positive coping skills and coaches participants on how to apply the skills in social situations. Girls learn about negative thinking patterns and how they impact mood. Instead of accepting those anxious thoughts as true, girls learn to identify and challenge those thoughts.

Activities and discussions encourage everyone to generate more realistic versions of situations and help everyone develop coping skills to manage anxiety. Meetings also include group discussions, relaxation training, guided imagery, and mindfulness activities. Resources about anxiety and these new skills are shared with parents.

This experience may be an adjunct to individual therapy and can be extremely valuable in helping your child/adolescent feel understood and less alone. Each girl participates in group discussions and has the opportunity to share her experiences and get feedback from others. With peer support, she is encouraged to face her fears and win over her worries!

SCHEDULE

This summer, sessions will be scheduled at participant's mutual availability and convenience.

Regular attendance is strongly encouraged to build continuity of skills. Attendees make more progress with consistent attendance to review and practice skills. 

COST

Programs are offered in 10 session bundles. Full payment of $500.00 is required at the time of enrollment.  These sessions are not billable to insurance and are non-refundable.

Unexpected provider-canceled sessions will be rescheduled to a designated make-up date and offered at no additional cost.

To ensure optimal placement, a diagnostic interview is required before enrolling to review presenting concerns and medical history. This service may be billable to insurance.  Most of our psychologists are in-network with Aetna and BCBS.  

CONTACT

Ashley Kies PhD, 704-332-4834 ext. 137

Aleks Liss PsyD, 704-332-4834 ext. 136

As interest exists, the program may be expanded to include people of other ages and skill levels.

Click here for an information page. 

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

6 ways to teach kindness and respect- a psychologist article review

Friday, May 26, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Ashley Kies PhD LPA NCSP is a psychologist at the Midtown office- Child and Family Development.  Recently, she read a helpful article on a school psychologist page that was linked to the website of parent coach, Nicole Schwarz, MA, LMFT.  A direct link is available here.  The article offers helpful strategies for parents to use when teaching their children how to treat others with kindness and how to communicate strong feelings without being disrespectful. 

Dr. Kies shares her summary:

The article makes some important points about the importance of teaching children about speaking respectfully to others, but not in the heat of the moment.  However, this is the time that parents often feel it is most important to deal with the child’s behavior.  The author reminds readers that once a child is angry, disappointed, frustrated, or upset, the thinking part of their brain has shut down. They are in survival mode and their body is flooded with stress chemicals and they are not able to hear and process the lessons you are trying to teach.  Additionally, the fact that we cannot teach our children to be respectful by treating them with disrespect is emphasized.  Unfortunately, parents are often triggered by their children’s disrespectful behavior, which causes their brain to go into survival mode. At this point, the parent also is not able to think rationally.  This can result in a parental response that will either be filled with anger, yelling, and punishment or the parent may shut down and give up.

So, what did the author recommend? She stated that the goal is to address the behavior without threatening, bribing or responding with disrespect.

  • Stay calm: It’s not easy to keep cool when our kids are being rude. This may feel impossible at first. Meeting them with disrespect sends the wrong message. Instead, model good self-care by taking a deep breath, counting to 20, or repeating a mantra: “This is not an emergency” before you respond to your child.
  • Decode the Behavior: Look at things from your child’s perspective. Were they caught off guard? Is what you’re asking inconvenient? Do they feel powerless? Their response is a reflection of what they are feeling inside. Unfortunately, at this point, they can’t put it into more appropriate words.
  • Empathize: Help your child understand their own feelings by offering an empathetic response, “It seems unfair that we have to go already” or “I know it’s hard to leave when you’re having such a fun time!” You do not have to agree with the feeling; it simply means that you are willing to relate to their experience.
  • Check the Time: Some kids are affected by low blood sugar, hunger, or thirst. Others are very sensitive to environmental stimulation or not getting enough sleep. Has it been awhile since your child ate? Could they use a sip of water? Or a break from a loud environment?  Offer it in a non-threatening way, “I’m going to have a cracker, would you like one too?”
  • Slow It Down: It’s easy to get pulled away with the “runaway train” of angry, frustrated words and emotions. Instead of jumping on board and responding to every criticism or complaint your child throws at you, try to put on the brakes, “Whoa! That’s a lot of info. I’d like to listen, but you’re talking too fast. Let’s calm down so I can understand what you’re trying to say.”
  • Connect: If your child is misbehaving, the last thing on your mind is cuddling. However, for many kids, connection is exactly what they need! If you are able to look past the behavior and ignore all of the big feelings and overwhelming emotion, you will be able to see that your child is hurting and needs support. Sometimes, a hug is better than any verbal response.                     

The article concludes by stating that once you have made it through the big feelings, you can decide if the situation was simply the result of a child who had too much candy and excitement at a play date or if this is a bigger issue that needs to be addressed. 

Read more about counseling services from our psychology team here.

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Social Skills for ID & DD preteens/teens: Healthy Bodies and Relationships

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Objective  The Healthy Bodies and Relationships group is led by Ashley Kies, Ph.D., LPA at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development.  This group is designed to be an introductory course that explores a range of topics including:

  • anatomy
  • hygiene
  • body safety
  • social skills

Ideal participants are those who have an existing diagnosis of an intellectual disability or a developmental disability, lower cognitive ability and a developmental age of at least 8 years old. It may be ideal for people with the following diagnoses: 

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • Down syndrome
  • mitochondrial disease

Participants must be able to:

  • attend to verbally-based instruction
  • engage in group discussions
  • share about his/her own experiences

Dr. Kies introduces topics and guides participants through hands-on activities. Resources and materials are shared with parents to continue practice and teaching between sessions and in the future.

Schedule  As interest exists, groups will be formed to include people of similar ages and skill levels.

Cost  Families may pay privately ($75) per session or use insurance benefits, if available.

Contact  For more information, call psychologist, Ashley Kies, Ph.D. (704-372-9652) 

Click HERE for an information page. 

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Choosing Friends: bits from psychology Social Skills Program

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Three Child and Family Development psychology team members lead our Social Skills program- Trisha Dyer, LPC/A, Gretchen Hunter, PhD and Ashley Kies, PhD LPA NCSP. 

The UCLA PEERS curriculum-based program helps to improve social, emotional, and self-regulatory strategies and skills.  These improvements can lead to reduced stress and anxiety, success at school, healthier peer relationships and better management of emotions and reactions. The focuses include conversational skills, choosing appropriate friends, appropriate use of humor, being flexible, having get-togethers, being a good sport, responding to teasing/ bullying and handling disagreements.

One sample lesson is about choosing appropriate friends including:

  • being part of a crowd or clique
  • finding places where you might find a crowd or clique
  • identifying a crowd or clique that is right for you
  • determining if you are accepted or rejected by a crowd or clique
  • bonding with a group and developing 1:1 and group relationships
  • protecting yourself and others from teasing and bullying

Programs are planned for spring/summer and fall.  Click here for printable info page.

CONTACT

Gretchen Hunter, PhD, 704-940-0626, ghunter@childandfamilydevelopment.com

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies, Trisha Dyer

Brain scans detect early signs of autism in babies

Monday, May 1, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Ashley Kies, PhD LPA NCSP is one of the autism expert psychologists at the Child and Family Development- Midtown office. Recently, she reviewed an article in Nature magazine: International weekly journal of science titled “Brain Scans Detect Early Signs of Autism in Babies”. 

The study was led by researchers Joseph Piven and Heather Cody Hazlett at University of North Carolina and scanned the brains of 106 “high-risk” infants at age 6, 12, and 24 months using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). They also followed 42 low-risk infants.  Results revealed that 15 of the high-risk infants were diagnosed with autism at 24 months.  MRI scans revealed that the volume of these infants’ brains grew faster between 12 and 24 months, compared with children who were not diagnosed with ASD, and that this accelerated growth occurred at the same time that behavioral signs of autism appeared.  The researchers also found brain changes between 6 and 12 months, before ASD symptoms appeared.  The cortical surface area — a measure of the size of folds on the outside of the brain — grew faster in infants later diagnosed with autism, compared with those who did not receive a diagnosis. 

Hazlett and Piven’s team then used a deep-learning neural network, a form of machine learning, to ask if MRI scans at 6 and 12 months in a larger set of high-risk infants could predict an autism diagnosis at age 2.  The algorithm correctly predicted 30 out of the 37 autism diagnoses (81 percent), while producing false-positives in 4 out of the 142 infants who were not later diagnosed.  “We now have this finding in these high familial risk infants that we can predict 8 out of 10 that we think will get autism,” says Piven, adding that behavior-based predictions do no better than 50–50 at  that age. “This has tremendous clinical implications.” 

Read the full article here.

Read more about our autism spectrum disorder evaluation services here.  

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Don't Take Our Word For It! Professional, diligent and kind psychologist

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 by Child & Family Development

We knew Child and Family Development psychologist, Ashley Kies PhD LPA NCSP strives to satisfy her clients and provide a quality service for psychoeducational assessments and treatment but these nice words confirm that a parent feels the same: 

A recent client survey included this comment: "I want to thank Dr. Kies for her professionalism, diligence and kindness in evaluating our son. Dr. Kies provided excellent references for autism services and other community organizations.  I believe her analysis of my child's condition was accurate.”

Read more about psychoeducational evaluations here.          

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, C&FD Testimonials, Ashley Kies

Psychologist, Ashley Kies shares info about autism and evidence-based practices

Friday, Apr 14, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Recently, the Child and Family Development multidisciplinary team gathered to collaborate and exchange expert information.  In April, Ashley Kies PhD LPA NCSP, a psychologist at the Midtown office, shared information from the Autism Society of North Carolina, specifically

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES (EBP) as focused interventions that:

  • Produce specific behavioral and developmental outcomes for a person 
  • Have been demonstrated as effective in applied research literature
  • Can be successfully implemented in educational settings

EVALUATING INTERVENTION OPTIONS with probing questions such as: 

  • What is the purpose of the treatment?
  • How will the child benefit?
  • How will I know it has worked for my child?

SELECTING AND IMPLEMENTING AN EBP:

  • Select and plan for EBP
  • Implement with fidelity
  • Assess progress

Dr. Kies shared several websites for professionals, parents and people with autism with her occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and psychology colleagues at both the Pineville and Charlotte/ Midtown offices, including:

RESOURCES:

Learn more about our autism evaluations here.

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Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability program for preteens and teens

Monday, Apr 3, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Objective  The Healthy Bodies and Relationships program is led by Ashley Kies, Ph.D. LPA, psychologist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development. It is designed to be an introductory course that explores a range of topics including:

  • anatomy
  • hygiene
  • body safety
  • social skills

Ideal participants are those who have an existing diagnosis of an intellectual disability or a developmental disability (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, mitochondrial disease) with lower cognitive ability and a developmental age of at least 8 years old. Participants must be able to:

  • attend to verbally-based instruction
  • engage in group discussions
  • share about his/her own experiences

Dr. Kies introduces topics and guides participants through hands-on activities. Resources and materials are shared with parents to continue practice and teaching between sessions and in the future.

Schedule  As interest exists, schedules will be formed to males and females, ages approximately 11-18.  Weekly attendance is strongly encouraged to build continuity of skills. Attendees make more progress with consistent attendance to review and practice skills.

Cost  Programs are offered in 10 session bundles. Full payment of $500.00 is required at the time of enrollment.  These sessions are not billable to insurance and are non-refundable.  Unexpected provider-canceled sessions will be rescheduled to a designated make-up date and offered at no additional cost.  To ensure optimal placement, a diagnostic interview is required before enrolling to review presenting concerns and medical history. This service may be billable to insurance.  Most of our psychologists are in-network with Aetna and BCBS.   

Contact  For more information, call our office (704-332-4834) or the lead psychologist, Ashley Kies, Ph.D. (704-372-9652) 

Click HERE for an information page. 

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Social Skills Program for Preschoolers- Summer 2017

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 by Child & Family Development

 

Child and Family Development psychologists are pleased to announce this new program for preschool aged children. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Fun, interactive materials based on the Social Thinking® model will be utilized to improve self-awareness, self-monitoring, self regulation and flexible social skills.  The program will include instruction, group activities and play within a positive, supportive, kid-friendly environment.  Acquisition of skills can lead to improved social functioning and behavior at home, school and in the community, leading to more social engagement, healthier relationships with others as well as increased self esteem and self confidence.

This program is for 4-5 year old boys and girls. Participants should:

  • have social difficulties as a result of autism (ASD), attention difficulties (like ADHD) or other social communication challenges
  • have average to above average receptive and expressive language skills
  • be able to follow simple directions
  • be able to engage in a lesson for at least 15 minutes without wandering off

A parent handout will be provided after each session that reviews content and offers suggestions for continued practice at home.

OFFERINGS

  • Early Camp: June 5th-9th
  • Late Camp: August 21st-25th

Each session will be 120 minutes in length and meet Monday-Friday from 9-11am.

Additional programs for other ages and other difficulties may be offered as interest exists.

COST

This program is offered in a 5 session bundle. Full payment of $500.00 is required at the time of enrollment.  These sessions are not billable to insurance and are non-refundable.

Unexpected provider-canceled sessions will be rescheduled to a designated make-up date and offered at no additional cost.

To ensure optimal placement, a diagnostic interview is required before enrolling to review presenting concerns and medical history. This service may be billable to insurance.  Most of our psychologists are in-network with Aetna and BCBS.  

Daily attendance is strongly encouraged to build continuity of skills. Attendees make more progress with consistent attendance to review and practice skills.

CONTACT

Gretchen Hunter, PhD, 704-940-0626, ghunter@childandfamilydevelopment.com

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Spring/ Summer Psychology Social Skills Program at C&FD

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 by Child & Family Development

The next Child and Family DevelopmentSOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAM begins in April 2017. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Curriculum-based materials will be utilized to improve social, emotional, and self-regulatory strategies and skills.  Meetings will include a short lesson and opportunities for practice (e.g., role-playing, activities and games).   Acquisition of skills can lead to reduced stress and anxiety, improved school performance, healthier peer relationships, and better management of emotions and reactions. Parent handouts will be provided regularly that review content and offers suggestions for working on that week’s skill at home. Focus will be on skills including conversational skills, choosing appropriate friends, appropriate use of humor, being flexible, having get-togethers, being a good sport, responding to teasing/ bullying and handling disagreements.

Three psychology team members led this program:

  • Trisha Dyer, LPC/A
  • Gretchen Hunter, PhD
  • Ashley Kies, PhD LPA NCSP

Click here for printable info page.

OFFERINGS

MIDTOWN OFFICE     Dates: Tuesday 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20

  • Boys (8-9), 4:15-5
  • Girls (10-12), 5:15-6

PINEVILLE OFFICE     Dates: Thursday 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22

  • Boys (8-9), 4:15-5
  • Boys (10-12), 4:30-5:15
  • Boys (13-15), 5:15-6
  • Girls (7-9), 5:15-6

All weekly meetings are approximately 45 minutes and meet weekly for 10 weeks per session.

Additional programs, including for other ages and other difficulties, may be offered as interest exists.

COST

Programs are offered in 10 session bundles. Full payment of $500.00 is required at the time of enrollment.  These sessions are not billable to insurance and are non-refundable.

Unexpected provider-canceled sessions will be rescheduled to a designated make-up date and offered at no additional cost.

To ensure optimal placement, a diagnostic interview is required before enrolling to review presenting concerns and medical history. This service may be billable to insurance.  Most of our psychologists are in-network with Aetna and BCBS.  

Weekly attendance is strongly encouraged to build continuity of skills. Attendees make more progress with consistent attendance to review and practice skills.

CONTACT

Gretchen Hunter, PhD, 704-940-0626, ghunter@childandfamilydevelopment.com

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Psychology Social Skills Program at Child and Family Development

Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family DevelopmentSOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAM begins in January 2017. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION  Curriculum-based materials will be utilized to improve social, emotional, and self-regulation strategies and skills.  Meetings will include a short lesson and opportunities for practice (e.g., role-playing, activities and games).   Acquisition of skills can lead to reduced stress and anxiety, improved school performance, healthier peer relationships, and better management of emotions and reactions. Parent handouts will be provided regularly that review content and offers suggestions for working on that week’s skill at home. Focus will be on skills including conversational skills, choosing appropriate friends, appropriate use of humor, being flexible, having get-togethers, being a good sport, responding to teasing/ bullying and handling disagreements.

The C&FD psychology team leads this program. 

Click here for printable info page.

OFFERINGS

Midtown Office: 2017 1st Session Dates (1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21) 

  • Boys 7-9, Midtown, Tuesdays 5:15
  • Boys 7-9, Midtown, Tuesdays 4:15

Pineville Office: 2017 1st Session Dates (1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9)

  • Boys 7-9, Pineville, Thursdays 4:15
  • Boys 10-12, Pineville, Thursdays 4:30
  • Boys 13-15, Pineville, Thursdays 5:15
  • Girls 7-9, Pineville, Thursdays 5:15

All weekly meetings are approximately 45 minutes and meet weekly for 10 weeks per session.

Additional programs, including for other ages and other difficulties, may be offered as interest exists.

COST

Programs are offered in 10 session bundles. Full payment of $500.00 is required at the time of enrollment.  These sessions are not billable to insurance and are non-refundable.

Unexpected provider-canceled sessions will be rescheduled to a designated make-up date and offered at no additional cost.

To ensure optimal placement, a diagnostic interview is required before enrolling to review presenting concerns and medical history. This service may be billable to insurance.  Most of our psychologists are in-network with Aetna and BCBS.  

Weekly attendance is strongly encouraged to build continuity of skills. Attendees make more progress with consistent attendance to review and practice skills.

CONTACT

Gretchen Hunter, PhD

704-940-0626

ghunter@childandfamilydevelopment.com

 

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, C&FD Psychological Services, Shavonda Bean, Ashley Kies, Trisha Dyer

Ashley Kies attends seminar about autism and behavior management 

Monday, Nov 14, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Ashley Costner Kies PhD LPA NCSP, psychologist at Child and Family Development- Midtown, attended an informative seminar offered by the Autism Society of North Carolina this month called "Managing Frustration and Anxiety and Teaching Social Skills with Jed Baker".

While the seminar was designed for parents and teachers, Dr. Kies enjoyed Jed Baker's suggestions and plans to will apply the information to her work with young students, especially those with autism spectrum disorder. She especially liked the parent-friendly language. She also purchased and will recommend his book titled No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior. The book offers an easy-to-follow, 4-step model that will improve your everyday relationships with the children in your life:

  • Managing your own expectations
  • Learning strategies to calm a meltdown in the moment
  • Understanding why a meltdown occurs
  • Creating plans to prevent future meltdowns
Jed Baker has several other helpful books that are available on his website, Future Horizons and Amazon.   
 
Four C&FD psychologists offer ASD evaluations and support services.  Learn more here

 

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