Child and Family Guidance Facility
Children often experience a range ofdevelopmental and emotional changes that affect not only their mood but alsotheir behavior. When things are not going well for children, they often behavein 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 They may act out by not doing what they are told.Or perhaps, they may seem overly anxious or become withdrawn.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 manyways that children show with their behaviors that they are struggling and notcoping well.
Some children might present with regulardevelopmental challenges, others may be having milder concerns whereas a fewneed significant attention as they are deviating from the norm.
The programs offered at our guidance facilityare well researched and are applicable for a wide range of childhood emotional,behavioral and social difficulties. Our facility provides the followingservices to address a variety of presenting concerns:
Psychological assessment is often helpful inunderstanding the strengths and challenges a child/teen may have in theircognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning. The psychological assessmentprocess allows for diagnostic clarity and individualized recommendations. Thisallows for parents, teachers, and therapists to provide intervention andaccommodations needed to allow each child to reach their potential.
Attempts are made to accurately differentiatetransient emotional problems that reflect a “phase” that the child will outgrowfrom diagnosable disorders. Our team assesses:
• Developmental concerns
• Cognitive Ability
• Achievement/Educational areas
• Visual-Motor skill
• Social and Behavioral functioning
• Personality functioning
Individual/Group Play Therapy
Our aim is to facilitate emotional growth ofchildren through the process of play therapy. Play therapy is to children whatcounseling is to adults. A trained mental health professional, called a playtherapist, works with a child to explore and resolve problems through thetherapeutic use of play. Child and therapist work together in a counselingspace called the playroom, which is equipped with specially chosen toys thatwill encourage the safe expression of feelings and also support the developmentof healthier behaviors. The initial focus of the therapy is on building arelationship between a child and the trained therapist. This relationship is avery important tool in the therapeutic process because a child will morereadily express his or her intimate feelings when s/he feels respected andaccepted. During play therapy sessions the child learns to become emotionallyintelligent as s/he is assisted to discover and express her or his emotions andthoughts. 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 decisionmaking skills
• Facilitates healing from past stressfulexperiences
• Enables communication of concerns to others
• Supports and learns new ways of thinking andbeing
Emotional Intelligence Intervention
We offer a research based individual and groupintervention program based on the theoretical model of emotional intelligence.The framework for emotional competencies are grouped into four primarycomponents: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and RelationshipManagement. The sessions are tailored to suit needs of children and adolescentswithin three specific age ranges, as 5-7 years; 8-12 years and 13-18 years. Theprogram promotes:
• Emotional Self-awareness
• Self- Confidence
• Conflict Management
• Teamwork & Collaboration
Developmental Therapy is a discipline thatfocuses 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 ageappropriate activities the therapist facilitates an overall skill developmentin the child. We focus on where the child is at developmentally, irrespectiveof his/her chronological age, and then move forward from there to ensurefurther skill enhancement in socially appropriate ways. We offer evaluation(Diagnostic Screening), consultation (Functional Assessment) andIntervention. The interventionfocuses on both children and families, to help in generalization of skillslearnt 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 oftherapy that focuses on examining the relationship between thoughts, feelingsand behaviors. By helping older children/teens challenge certain patterns ofthoughts that tend to lead to maladaptive 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 worryand/or fears, or overall difficulty with emotional regulation.
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language therapy includes specialist advice, assessment and help for children and young people who have difficultieswith any aspect of their communication, including: speech sounds, talking,attention & listening, understanding and interacting.
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:
· Social and Interpersonal Skills
· Emotional Identification, Management of Emotions and Coping Skills
· Fine and Gross Motor Skills
· Visual Tracking
· Hand-Eye Coordination