Child and Family Guidance Facility

Children often experience a range of developmental and emotional changes that affect not only their mood but also their behavior. When things are not going well for children, they often behave in ways that cause problems. They may act out by not doing what they are told.Or perhaps, they may seem overly anxious or become withdrawn. There are many ways that children show with their behaviors that they are struggling and not coping well.

Some children might present with regular developmental challenges, others may be having milder concerns whereas a few need significant attention as they are deviating from the norm.
The programs offered at our guidance facility are well researched and are applicable for a wide range of childhood emotional,behavioral and social difficulties. Our facility provides the following services to address a variety of presenting concerns:

Psychological Evaluation

Psychological assessment is often helpful in understanding the strengths and challenges a child/teen may have in their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning. The psychological assessment process allows for diagnostic clarity and individualized recommendations. This allows for parents, teachers, and therapists to provide intervention and accommodations needed to allow each child to reach their potential.

Attempts are made to accurately differentiate transient emotional problems that reflect a “phase” that the child will outgrow from diagnose disorders. Our team assesses:

  • Developmental concerns
  • Cognitive Ability
  • Achievement/Educational areas
  • Language
  • Visual-Motor skill
  • Social and Behavioral functioning
  • Personality functioning

Play Therapy

Our aim is to facilitate emotional growth of children through the process of play therapy. Play therapy is to children what counseling is to adults. A trained mental health professional, called a play therapist, works with a child to explore and resolve problems through the therapeutic use of play. Child and therapist work together in a counseling space called the playroom, which is equipped with specially chosen toys that will encourage the safe expression of feelings and also support the development of healthier behaviors. The initial focus of the therapy is on building a relationship between a child and the trained therapist. This relationship is every important tool in the therapeutic process because a child will more readily express his or her intimate feelings when s/he feels respected and accepted. During play therapy sessions the child learns to become emotionally intelligent as s/he is assisted to discover and express her or his emotions and thoughts. Other ways in which the child benefits from therapy include:

  • Allows expression of feelings
  • Encourages creative thoughts and new ideas
  • Allows the development of healthy decision making skills
  • Facilitates healing from past stressful experiences
  • Enables communication of concerns to others
  • Supports and learns new ways of thinking andbeing

Emotional Intelligence Intervention

We offer a research based individual and group intervention program based on the theoretical model of emotional intelligence.The framework for emotional competencies are grouped into four primary components: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management. The sessions are tailored to suit needs of children and adolescents within three specific age ranges, as 5-7 years; 8-12 years and 13-18 years. The program promotes:

  • Emotional Self-awareness
  • Self- Confidence
  • Self-Control
  • Adaptability
  • Empathy
  • Conflict Management
  • Teamwork & Collaboration

Developmental Therapystyle

Developmental Therapy is a discipline that focuses on the global development of a child in the early years (0-5 years).The therapist focuses on cognitive, socio-emotional, language &communication, motor and self-help skill milestones. By developing age appropriate activities the therapist facilitates an overall skill development in the child. We focus on where the child is at developmentally, irrespective of his/her chronological age, and then move forward from there to ensure further skill enhancement in socially appropriate ways. We offer evaluation(Diagnostic Screening), consultation (Functional Assessment) and Intervention.  The intervention focuses on both children and families, to help in generalization of skills learnt by the child in therapy.
The general profiles we work with our:

  • Speech delay or communication disorder
  • Delay in cognitive development
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Sensory integration / sensory processing differences
  • Decreased attention span, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities
  • Behavioral problems
  • Poor social skills or physically aggressive behavior in groups

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a mode of therapy that focuses on examining the relationship between thoughts, feeling sand behaviors. By helping older children/teens challenge certain patterns of thoughts that tend to lead to manipulative behaviors, children/teens begin to develop new ways of approaching how they relate to themselves, others, and the environment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has proven to be extremely beneficial for children who suffer from anxiety, excessive worry and/or fears, or overall difficulty with emotional regulation.

Mindfulness For Children

Mindfulness is “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, non judgmentally.” It is the practice of bringing attention to our thoughts, feelings and actions as they arise from moment to moment.

When we are mindful, we are paying attention to what is happening right here and now. When children learn to be more ‘present’, they often become more focused, less anxious, are able to think clearly and use existing knowledge more effectively to view things from a broader perspective.
Benefits of Mindfulness:

  • Increases ability to concentrate and focus. Research has proven that children who learn in a mindful way have an increased ability to transfer learned material to new and novel situations, are more creative and think independently.
  • Enhances self-awareness, awareness of others and helps build self esteem.
  • Helps children develop positive & healthy relationships with others around them.

Music Therapy

Aren’t we all naturally connected to music in some way or the other? Music has the powerful functions of being expressive, communicative as well as interactive in nature (Achenbach, 2016).

Music Therapy is an innovative and upcoming form of psychotherapy, particularly helpful to those who may be struggling to express themselves in words. Music Therapy is “the use of organized sound and music within an evolving relationship between client and therapist to support and encourage physical, mental, social and emotional well-being” (Bunt, 1994).Music Therapy is a great amalgamation of music in a therapeutic setting. This form of creative psychotherapy strengthens one’s abilities and allows them to be transferred to other areas of life.

At Circle of Life, we offer music therapy sessions for children of 6-18 years of age. Tailored to the child’s need, frequency of the sessions could range from 1-2 times a week.

This form of psychotherapy helps develop, treat and strengthen the follows areas:

  • Attention
  • Communication
  • Anxiety
  • Social and Interpersonal Skills
  • Emotional Identification, Management of Emotions and Coping Skills
  • Self-Esteem
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  • Visual Tracking
  • Hand-Eye Coordination

Social Skills Group

Social skills are a range of behaviors that we use to effectively communicate to each other. These skills can vary from age to age, or range from non-verbal to verbal language skills. Unfortunately some of our children struggle with initiating peer interactions and sustaining friendships. Some are victims of bullying or indulge in bully like behaviors. Some of our children struggle with social anxiety and some need help developing age appropriate play skills.

In our social skills groups we create small groups of children, identified based on their age and skills sets, to create a supportive and nurturing environment, where they can learn, practice and generalize newly learnt social skills.