Work Hard, Play Hard!

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018 by Child & Family Development

Last weekend Dr. Gretchen Hunter, Clinical Neuropsychologist, was a guest speaker at the Arthritis Foundation: Juvenile Arthritis Day. This event provided a safe and secure experience for families of children and teens with juvenile arthritis and childhood rheumatic diseases. Families and kids were able to gain a greater understanding of juvenile arthritis, connect with others, increase independence and self-confidence and discover new skills and interests.

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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

Gretchen Hunter PhD celebrates 6 years at Child and Family Development

Friday, Sep 15, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Gretchen Hunter PhD marks 6 years at Child and Family Development this summer! She is a neuropsychologist and clinical supervisor at both the Midtown and Pineville offices.   

Dr. Hunter and her husband, also a psychologist, are native Charlotteans who returned here to start their family and settle in professionally.  After 6 years, she enjoys connecting with people new and old. Over the years, she interacts with families and colleagues that she has known for many years and recently, her child's soccer coach was a high school friend's spouse.  It's a small world and she is here to help it! 

Happy Anniversary Gretchen! 

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, C&FD Psychological Services

Starting 9/5: Fall 2017 C&FD Psychology Social Skills Program

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Register now! Child and Family DevelopmentFALL 2017 SOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAM begins on September 5. The program is led by several C&FD psychologists

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)

  • Weekly meetings begin the week of 9/5 and run through mid November
  • Options for flexible age grouping based on interest and clinician availability
  • Groups meet Tues, Wed, and Thurs during afterschool hours (4:30 and 5:15 start times)
GENDER AGE SESSION TIME
Boys 7-8 Tuesday 4:30
Boys 9-11 Tuesday 5:15
Boys 14-16 Wednesday 4:30
Boys 12-13 Thursday 4:30
Girls 13-14 Thursday 5:15

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, Shavonda Bean, Trisha Dyer

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

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

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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Neuropsychologist, Gretchen Hunter, celebrates 5 years at C&FD

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 by Child & Family Development


Gretchen Hunter, Ph.D., marks 5 years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a psychologist with an expertise in neuropsychology and the Clinical Supervisor of the Psychology and Education teams.   

Dr. Hunter oversees and leads many of the social skills groups we offer to children and teens with ADHD, anxiety and other diagnoses.  

One of her colleagues shares: 

Dr. Hunter is very knowledgeable about child development and neuropsychological functioning. She is able to convey this information to every family that she works with to help them best support their child’s needs. The social skills groups she facilitates are engaging, educational, and lots of fun! She is a great team leader.

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

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Fall 2016 Psychology Social Skills Groups at Child and Family Development

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 by Child & Family Development

SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS will continue this fall at Child and Family Development. The groups are led by psychologists, particularly: 

  • Shavonda Bean LPA
  • Gretchen Hunter PhD
  • Ashley Costner Kies LPA PhD

OBJECTIVE:  To promote social confidence and executive skill building

DESCRIPTION: A curriculum is utilized to improve social, emotional and self-regulation strategies and skills. These skills include improved focus, concentration, and academic performance, reducing stress and anxiety, handling peer-to-peer conflicts, managing emotions and reactions, and developing greater empathy toward others.

Current groups:

Boys   7-9 years old    Midtown office    Tuesday at 5:15
Boys 7-9 years old    Pineville office    Thursday at 4:15
Girls 10-13 years old    Pineville office    Wednesday at 4:15
Boys 10-13 years old    Pineville office    Thursday at 4:15
Boys 13-15 years old    Pineville office    Thursday at 5:15

All groups are approximately 45 minutes.

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

People may join at anytime, as sessions are ongoing.  

COST: A family may pay privately ($75) or use insurance benefits, if available.           

MORE INFORMATION:  

Call our offices for additional information about scheduling and group openings. 

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

Click here for an information page. 

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

Social Skills Groups: open spots for teen boys (14-16) and girls (10-13)

Friday, Jun 24, 2016 by Child & Family Development

SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS will continue this July and again in the fall at Child and Family Development. Psychologist Gretchen Hunter PhD, leads the groups, along with Shavonda Bean LPA. People may join at anytime and sessions are ongoing.  

ADOLESCENT GROUPS: SOME SUMMER SPOTS OPEN FOR TEEN BOYS (ages 14-16) and GIRLS (ages 10-13)

Objective: To improve emotional management and problem-solving skills

Description: A curriculum is utilized to improve social, emotional and self-regulatory strategies and skills including utilizing a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes learning to manage emotions and reactions, role-play new ways of interacting with others, and to practice skills such as soothing yourself when upset.

Ages: 9-11, 12-13, 14-16

Gender: For both boys and girls

Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3, 4 and 5

Location:  Pineville office, near CMC-Pineville

Other Information: 

  • SCHEDULING: All sessions begin on the hour and are approximately 45 minutes
  • COST: A family may pay privately ($75/session) or use insurance benefits, as available
  • FUTURE GROUPS: Additional groups, including those for other difficulties and age ranges, may be offered as interest exists

WANT TO LEARN MORE OR GET REGISTERED? 

For additional information about scheduling and group openings, please contact our Client Services team at 704-541-9080.  

Click here for an information page. 

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, C&FD Psychological Services, Shavonda Bean

Mental Health Awareness Month: C&FD Psychological Services

Monday, May 16, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Psychologists help kids, teens and young adults live life to the fullest.  

They work closely with educators and other developmental therapists to understand the learning needs of school-aged children, adolescents and young adults during psycho-educational evaluations.  

Click here to read more about psycho-educational evaluations.  

Psychologists provide a variety of services including:

EVALUATIONS
  • Psycho-educational 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Social/ Emotional/ Behavioral Adjustment 
  • Neuropsychology  
  • School Readiness
  • College Accommodations 
TREATMENTS
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Groups

Our psychologists hold Doctorate degrees and are experienced diagnosticians. 

We help kids, adolescents and young adults with difficulties, including but not limited to:

  • ADHD and other attention difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Learning Differences and learning disabilities

Click here for more information about the psychology team at Child and Family Development!

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services, Shavonda Bean

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Monday, May 2, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we are celebrating our team.  

We help kids, adolescents and young adults with difficulties, including but not limited to:

  • ADHD and other attention difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Learning Differences and learning disabilities

MIDTOWN

  • Shavonda Bean LPA
  • Gretchen Hunter PhD
  • Aleks Liss PsyD
  • Devon Redmond PhD

PINEVILLE

  • Amanda Cummings PhD
  • Brandyn Street PsyD
  • Chris Vrabel PhD 

Click here for more information about the psychologists at Child and Family Development!

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services, Shavonda Bean

Social Skills Groups for kids and teens

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016 by Child & Family Development

SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS will continue this spring at both of the Child and Family Development offices- Midtown and Pineville. Psychologist Gretchen Hunter PhD, leads the groups.  People may join at anytime and sessions are ongoing.  

ADHD GROUPS

Objective:  To promote social confidence and executive skill building

Description: A curriculum is utilized to improve social, emotional and self-regulatory strategies and skills. These skills include improved focus, concentration, and academic performance, reducing stress and anxiety, handling peer-to-peer conflicts, managing emotions and reactions, and developing greater empathy toward others

Ages: 6-10 Gender: For both boys and girls

Schedule: Mondays and Tuesdays at 4 and 5 at our Midtown office

ADOLESCENT GROUPS 

Objective: To improve emotional management and problem-solving skills

Description: A curriculum is utilized to improve social, emotional and self-regulatory strategies and skills including utilizing a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes learning to manage emotions and reactions, role-play new ways of interacting with others, and to practice skills such as soothing yourself when upset.

Ages: 9-11, 12-13, 14-16

Gender: For both boys and girls

Schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3, 4 and 5 at our Pineville office

OTHER INFORMATION: 

  • SCHEDULING: All sessions begin on the hour and are approximately 45 minutes
  • COST: A family may pay privately ($75/session) or use insurance benefits, as available
  • FUTURE GROUPS: Additional groups, including those for other difficulties and age ranges, may be offered as interest exists

WANT TO LEARN MORE OR GET REGISTERED? 

For additional information about scheduling and group openings, please contact our Client Services team at 704-541-9080.  

Click here for an information page. 

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, C&FD Psychological Services

2016 Social Skills groups from C&FD psychologists

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 by Child & Family Development

The psychologists at both Child and Family Development offices are offering additional SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS, starting in January 2016.   

ADHD GROUPS

Objective:  To promote social confidence and executive skill building

Description: A curriculum is utilized to improve social, emotional and self-regulatory strategies and skills. These skills include improved focus, concentration, and academic performance, reducing stress and anxiety, handling peer-to-peer conflicts, managing emotions and reactions, and developing greater empathy toward others.

Ages: 7-10

Gender: For both boys and girls

Schedule: Mondays and Tuesdays at 5 at our Midtown office

ADOLESCENT GROUPS 

Objective: To improve emotional management and problem-solving skills 

Description: A curriculum is utilized to improve social, emotional and self-regulatory strategies and skills including utilizing a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes learning to manage emotions and reactions, role-play new ways of interacting with others, and to practice skills such as soothing yourself when upset.

Ages: 10-12 and 13-15

Gender: For both boys and girls

Schedule: Thursdays at 3, 4 and 5 at our Pineville office

OTHER INFORMATION: 

  • SCHEDULING: All sessions begin on the hour and are approximately 45 minutes
  • COST: A family may pay privately ($60/session) or use insurance benefits, if available
  • FUTURE GROUPS: Additional groups, including those for other difficulties and age ranges, may be offered as interest exists

WANT TO LEARN MORE OR GET REGISTERED? 

Groups are lead by either Dr. Gretchen Hunter and/or Dr. Amanda Cummings. For additional information about scheduling and group openings, please contact our Client Services team at 704-541-9080.  

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Psychologist, Gretchen Hunter likes these ideas about kid's attitudes

Friday, Oct 30, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Gretchen Hunter, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist at Child and Family Development and mom of 2 girls. Recently, she found a quick and easy to read guide of parenting tips on the PBS parents website. It offers 5 easy steps to raising a "can-do" child including:

  1. Talk about the brain
  2. Practice the art of self-talk
  3. Embrace imperfections
  4. Teach kids to seek knowledge, not approval
  5. View challenges as opportunities

Read full article here.   

Dr. Hunter's take is that even toddlers and preschoolers can use learning about the brain and play to improve emotional management skills. Common games such as Red Light Green Light and Simon Says promote active listening and impulse-control, favorite characters like Cookie Monster and Daniel Tiger have updated shows about coping skills and self-talk strategies, and children as young as 2 can respond to their parents modeling a simple relaxation strategy. Her own steps are:

  1. Find a time when your child is happy and calm
  2. Talk about when they might use a strategy to calm down when upset
  3. Model slow breathing to the count of 4
  4. Cue the child to practice and provide praise

Our team of 7 psychologists provide insight and support to parents as well as children.  

 

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Social Skills groups from C&FD psychologists

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 by Child & Family Development

The psychologists at both Child and Family Development offices are offering additional Social Skills groups this fall. 

ADHD GROUPS

Objective:  To promote social confidence and executive skill building.

Description: A curriculum is utilized to improve social, emotional and self-regulatory strategies and skills. These skills include improved focus, concentration, and academic performance, reducing stress and anxiety, handling peer-to-peer conflicts, managing emotions and reactions, and developing greater empathy toward others.

Ages: 7-10

Gender: Both boys and girls groups are offered

Location: ADHD groups are offered at our Midtown offices on Mondays and Tuesdays

Leader: Gretchen Hunter Ph.D. 

ADOLESCENT GROUPS 

Objective: To improve emotional management and problem-solving skills.

Description: A curriculum is utilized to improve social, emotional and self-regulatory strategies and skills including utilizing a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes learning to manage emotions and reactions, role-play new ways of interacting with others, and to practice skills such as soothing yourself when upset.

Ages: 12-14 and 15–18

Gender: Boys and girls combined

Location: Middle School and High School groups are offered at our Pineville office on Thursdays

Leaders: Gretchen Hunter Ph.D. and Amanda Cummings Ph.D.  

SCHEDULING 

All groups start on the hour and are approximately 45 minutes. 

COST   

A family may pay privately or use insurance benefits, if available.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please contact our Client Services team at 704-541-9080 about scheduling and group openings. 

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Neuropsychologist, Gretchen Hunter, celebrates 4 years at Child and Family Development

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Gretchen Hunter, Ph.D., marks years at Child and Family Development this month! She is a psychologist with an expertise in neuropsychology and the Clinical Supervisor of the Psychology and Education teams.   

Dr. Hunter enjoys helping children, teens, young adults and their families achieve success at home, school and the world.  She is organizing several therapy groups for kids and teens this fall.  

Read about Dr. Hunter's work here.  

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

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counseling for kids and teens

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 by Child & Family Development

The psychologists at Child and Family Development offer a variety of counseling and treatment services: 

  • Individual Psychotherapy: Therapy can address a wide range of difficulties, including ADHD, autism, executive functioning difficulties, mood issues, emotional regulation, anger, management, family problems and overall adjustment issues.
  • Family Therapy: We often recommend that the whole family to be involved in counseling to learn different ways of interacting and resolving problems.
  • Groups: Peers have a strong influence in a child’s life. Group therapy channels this influence in a positive manner and can be powerful in changing behavior. The development of expressive and social skills, and healthy peer relationships and support systems in a safe environment is the goal of the group. We provide options for children and adolescents with ADHD, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other difficulties.
  • CogMed Working Memory Training: An innovative home-based computer program that helps people with attention problems by training and increasing their working memory capacity. Visit www.cogmed.com for more information and a free webinar.  

All 6 psychologists hold Doctorate degrees and are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC and Primary Physician Care. Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits. Good news, more folks are joining the team soon! 

Read more about our psychology services here.    

 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond, C&FD Psychological Services

Neuropyschologists lead discussion on post-injury concussions

Friday, May 15, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family Development is pleased to be presenting at the 6th Annual Charlotte Sports Medicine Symposium on June 6, 2015. 

We are partnering with Select PT and other community providers to share information about keeping athletes safe in body and mind after sports injury or concussions. 

Our two neuropsychologists, Gretchen Hunter and Joy Granetz, will lead a discussion about how to best support individuals post-injury from social-emotional, occupational and vocational perspectives. 

To register for the course, contact Tony at 704-564-6381.  

Click here to learn about neuropsychology.

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