Just like the rest of us, young children also experience stress, anxiety, depression, and difficulty coping with day to day life. Most of the time, those difficulties show up in their behavior. Big feelings can be tough for little people to manage. Early interventions that focus on skills training has been shown to be very effective for young children. Our youngest clients can often make positive changes more quickly than older children. Need help parenting your stressed-out little ones during the pandemic and through the “return to the new normal”? We are there to help with a range of face to face and teletherapy services!
For our youngest patients, the key to treatment is to work closely with the family as a team. Parents are important partners if a child is to meet his/her treatment goals. Therapy with a young child may look like games, (and yes, it is fun!), but the therapist is using play-based techniques to teach the child critical skills such as how to manage frustration or how to cope with stress. We can also provide evidence-based parent coaching designed to formulate new strategies to help children at home and school. We often consult with preschools and daycare centers to help young children overcome obstacles across settings.
Therapy helps very young children learn to:
Cope with strong feelings (anxiety, stress, sadness, frustration)
Reduce meltdowns, tantrums, or aggressive behaviors
Socialize –to play, enjoy social events, and make and keep friends
Learn coping skills, including how to be flexible and resilient
Cope during stressful situations (e.g. tolerating medical/dental treatments, going to school, divorce, adoption, family stress)
Connect with others and increase positivity in relationships
To learn more or to book your appointment, contact us at 301 581 1120 ext 1. Or you can write to one of our Directors of Therapy, Ms. Simone Schwager (email@example.com), Dr. Rachel Singer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Marvie Corbett (on maternity leave through Fall of 2021, email@example.com)