When a child behaves in a manner that is disruptive to family life, social interactions, adjustment to school, or harmful to themselves, it is a cause for concern for parents and loved ones.
The child specialists at Carter Psychology Center are trained to differentiate a child’s behavior related to developmental delays or environmental circumstances versus behavior that is the result of a disorder or syndrome.
Specific behavior and intervention plans are utilized to target a child’s behavior with proactive, positive behavior supports.
EMDR has proven effective for the treatment of trauma. It is designed to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so that a patient no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. A patient still remembers what happened, but the emotional distress is significantly decreased.
TFT is an evidence based treatment protocol designed to reduce negative emotional and behavioral responses following child sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic loss, and other traumatic events.
TFT addresses distorted beliefs and attributions related to the abuse and provides a supportive environment in which children are encouraged to talk about their traumatic experience.
TFT also helps parents who were not abusive to cope effectively with their own emotional distress and develop skills that support their children.
Pediatric neuropsychology is a subspecialty of psychology that studies brain-behavior relationships in children and adolescents. A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation can assess a child’s functioning in many domains and will provide information regarding strengths and weaknesses across many important areas, such as thinking and reasoning, memory and learning, attention, behavioral and emotional control, social skills, and academic achievement. Recommendations are then tailor-made to assist each child in reaching their full potential.