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

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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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, C&FD Psychological Services

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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Topics: Gretchen Hunter

Psychologists are mindful of Mental Health Awareness Month

Friday, May 1, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Brochure_PSYThe Child and Family Development team of 6 psychologists is celebrating Mental Health Awareness this month!

MIDTOWN OFFICE 

 

Gretchen Hunter, PhD

 

Aleksandra Liss, PsyD

 

Devon Redmond, PhD

 

PINEVILLE OFFICE

 

Joy Granetz, PhD

 

Brandyn Street, PhD

 

Chris Vrabel, PsyD

 

All of our therapists 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.

 

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

Learning disabilities: 10 warning signs during school years

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Our psychologists and educators can help children, teens and young adults with learning disabilities through comprehensive assessment and goal-directed support.  

There are some classic warning signs of a learning disability during the school years:

  1. Oral reading is slow or labored
  2. Reads with substitutions, adds words or guesses at words
  3. Poor decoding skills (not able to properly “sound out a word”)
  4. Poor spelling skills (often individuals with dyslexia will spell words correctly on a spelling test ,but are not able to generalize into other day-to-day writing assignments)
  5. Poor fine motor skills
  6. Poor handwriting
  7. Trouble with recall or retrieval of math facts, especially quick retrieval
  8. Writes or reads letters and/or numbers reversed
  9. Doesn't enjoy reading
  10. Doesn't enjoy writing

Learning disabilities, and specifically dyslexia, impact approximately 20% of the population. The NC and SC public school systems have resources in special education to identify individuals with learning disabilities however, procedures and guidelines are such that most children are not identified with learning disorders until 2nd or 3rd grade and in order to be identified their delays must be significantly impacting their educational performance. Therefore, many children with mild delays simply “fall through the cracks” as their mild delays turn into moderate and severe delays without appropriate intervention. Research indicates the children make the greatest gains in learning to read in grades K through 2nd. Research has also shown that if the reading gap is not remediated by the 3rd grade, it is very hard to close. Therefore, it is imperative that professionals in the medical field collaborate with parents and educators to help identify individuals with learning disabilities.

Talk with a pediatrician or teacher if you have concerns.  They may recommend psycho-educational evaluation.  

Learn more about services school-age children with signs of a learning disability at Child and Family Development here.  

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Mary Froneberger, Marie Arrington, Jessica DeLing, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond

Learning disabilities: 10 warning signs during preschool years

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Our psychologists and educators can help children, teens and young adults with learning disabilities through comprehensive assessment and goal-directed support.  

There are some classic warning signs of a learning disability during the preschool years: 

  1. Late speech development
  2. Late development with learning alphabets letters and sounds (late is considered by 5 to 5 ½ years)
  3. Inconsistent development and learning of the alphabet and sounds
  4. Poor rhyming skills
  5. Avoiding drawing/coloring, pre-writing tasks
  6. Weak fine motor skills
  7. Late established hand dominance
  8. Difficulty with word retrieval (says ummm and thing)
  9. Advanced vocabulary in comparison to development of reading skills
  10. Late color recognition

Learning disabilities, and specifically dyslexia, impact approximately 20% of the population. The NC and SC public school systems have resources in special education to identify individuals with learning disabilities however, procedures and guidelines are such that most children are not identified with learning disorders until 2nd or 3rd grade and in order to be identified their delays must be significantly impacting their educational performance. Therefore, many children with mild delays simply “fall through the cracks” as their mild delays turn into moderate and severe delays without appropriate intervention. Research indicates the children make the greatest gains in learning to read in grades K through 2nd. Research has also shown that if the reading gap is not remediated by the 3rd grade, it is very hard to close. Therefore, it is imperative that professionals in the medical field collaborate with parents and educators to help identify individuals with learning disabilities.

Talk with a pediatrician or teacher if you have concerns.  They may recommend psycho-educational evaluation.  

Learn more about services preschoolers with signs of a learning disability at Child and Family Development here.  

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Mary Froneberger, Marie Arrington, Jessica DeLing, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond

Child psychologists can help alleviate the stress of test taking

Monday, Feb 2, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Students often worry about taking tests. Elementary school-aged children stress about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools End of Grade (EOG) tests and older kids stress about the PSAT and SAT as they prepare for college.  

Anxious feelings can develop prior to test taking, including lack of sleep, lack of appetite, lack of confidence, easy agitation, and irritability.  Thus, students experiencing test anxiety may not be off to such a great start.  While sleep and food are important, proper preparation prior to testing as well as being able to relax your mind and body during testing so optimal performance can be reached are extremely important. 

If your child experiences stressful and anxious feelings about test taking, consider getting help.  A child psychologist helps students experiencing test anxiety through a series of sessions aimed at reducing worry and fear, raising self-confidence, becoming aware of proper study habits and test taking techniques.

Our team of 6 is ready to help: 

MIDTOWN OFFICE  PINEVILLE OFFICE
Gretchen Hunter, Ph.D. Joy Granetz, Ph.D.
Aleksandra Liss, Psy.D.  Brandyn Street, Ph.D.
Devon Redmond, Ph.D. Chris Vrabel, Psy.D.

 

Read more about anxiety in children here.  

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond

Child psychologists teach the ABCs of managing behavior in kids

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 by Child & Family Development

The Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence (ABC) behavior management method is one of many features of Applied Behaviroal Anlaysis (ABA)

In this method, a behavior is a specific action that a person does that can be observed. 

Example:

Behavior--Tommy calls out in class. (concrete and measurable)

Not a behavior--Julie is disruptive.

In order to change a behavior, you first need to understand the chain of events that determine what will happen with a specific behavior in the future.

A=Antecedent:  Situation that comes BEFORE a behavior.  This sets the stage for a behavior to occur.  This can be an immediate setting event (i.e., parent request) or a long-term setting event (i.e., did not sleep enough the night before).

B=Behavior:  The actual behavior that is observed.  It is important to observe the behavior and determine if your child is having a skill or performance deficit.  A skill deficit is when the child does not have the skill in his/her repertoire.  A performance deficit is when the child has the skill but does not choose to use it.  It is also important to identify the correct behavior and what function the behavior is serving your child.

C=Consequences: What happens immediately following the behavior.  This can occur naturally or be planned.  The type of consequence that follows a behavior will determine if the behavior will occur more frequently or less frequently in the future.

With careful observation and documentation of the ABC's, one can start to better understand the behaviors, the chain of events, and the factors that are contributing to the behavior.  

Need help implementing this method?  Call 704-541-9080 to schedule an intake with one of our child psychologistsClick here to read more about our counseling services. 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Chris Vrabel, Brandyn Street, Devon Redmond

Child & Family Development help kids and teens with anxiety, ADHD

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 by Child & Family Development

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