Children ages 5 and under often have difficulty communicating their needs, thoughts, and feelings with others. This can result in anxiety or behavioral challenges at home, daycare, or school. These concerns often lead parents to make an appointment with a child psychologist. Our clinicians have expertise working with very young children and their parents to help decrease children’s anxiety and/or challenging behaviors. Therapy with children this young focuses on working with the parents to create behavioral and emotional changes in the child. Parents learn how to shape their child’s behaviors in the direction they desire. When appropriate, the child and parents will also learn calming skills tailored to the child’s developmental level so that the parents can assist the child with using the skills when necessary.
Our clinicians work with families of young children both individually and in parent-focused groups. Click here to learn more about Temper Tamers, a skills and support group for parents of children 8 and younger.