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We provide therapy for children and adolescents to help them better manage various psychological difficulties they are struggling with. Some of the areas we can help with include:
We provide a range of assessments to improve understanding of a child's behaviours. This includes assessments for:
We currently provide 3 types of group programmes / workshops for children / parents:
When your child presents with difficulties coping, therapy can help to identify the cause of the problem and enable targeted solutions to address the issue. The therapy approach will vary based on the needs of the child. Often, a collaborative approach is adopted whereby we we work with the child, as well as his/her parents and/or school. Other professionals may also be involved.
Initial consultation: Therapy begins with an initial consultation with our psychologist to obtain relevant background information about the child and his/her related systems (e.g. family, school), as well as information about his/her presenting problems. This typically begins with a session with the parents, preferably with both parents, so that we can obtain a comprehensive account of the situation. Time will also be spent with the child to obtain information from his/her perspective, or observe his/her behaviours. Where appropriate, contact with the school will also be established to obtain the school's perspective of the child's difficulties. With all this information, an appropriate treatment plan can then be developed to provide appropriate intervention for the child.
Therapy: Intervention for a child may include intervention with the child only, intervention with the parents only, or therapy with both child and parents. There is also the possibility of group sessions with other children/parents as this will allow children/parents to share with other similar individuals and learn from the group experience.
Some of the difficulties that we provide child counselling for include:
Social Skills Groups: Social skills are essential for children to interact with their peers and make friends. Some children however struggle to acquire social skills and require more support to learn social skills. Social skills group thus provide a good opportunity for social skills to be taught explicitly in small groups, and for children to practise these skills with their peers under direct guidance and support. Teaching will be done through stories, role-plays and activities. This includes teaching the children to be social detectives, and helping them understand how their behaviours affect others.
We conduct assessments to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of children/adolescents, and to identify any emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. Assessments typically include:
Some of the assessments conducted by our child psychologist include:
Attention-Deficity Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - ADHD is a neuro-cognitive disorder that contributes to difficulties with inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity. To make a diagnosis of ADHD, it is important to gather information about the individual's behaviours in more than one setting. As such, information will typically be obtained from parents and teachers. The assessment may thus include:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – ASD is characterised by difficulties in social interaction, communication, repetitive behaviours and sensory sensitivities. An assessment will provide a better understanding of the individual, and enable the relevant treatment and intervention to be given. Our assessment may include:
To achieve a comprehensive and thorough assessment, two assessors complete the above assessments for ASD. The different perspectives from the two assessors enable us to make the most suited recommendations. We may also recommend additional assessments by other professionals (e.g. speech and language therapist, occupational therapist).
Cognitive Assessment (IQ) – Cognitive assessment provide information about an individual's intellectual functioning in different domains, and give useful information about one's strengths and weaknesses. Assessment tools we use include:
Academic Abilities / Specific Learning Disorder – These assessments are conducted when a child struggles with learning in school. This allows better understanding of the specific learning difficulties and areas of weaknesses (e.g. reading, spelling), so that targeted intervention can be provided. Assessment tools we use include:
Social-Emotional Assessment - When an individual displays emotional or behavioural difficulties, it is useful to conduct an assessment to better understand the presenting problems. Some of our available assessment tools include:
Social skills are essential for children to interact with their peers and make friends. Some children however struggle to acquire social skills and require more support to learn social skills. Social skills group thus provide a good opportunity for social skills to be taught explicitly in small groups, and for children to practise these skills with their peers under direct guidance and support. Teaching will be done through stories, role-plays and activities. This includes teaching the children to be social detectives, and helping them understand how their behaviours affect others.
MYmind is a mindfulness-based parent-child partnered programme that aims to address the unique challenges faced by children/youths with ADHD and their families. It was developed by Professor Susan Bögels from the University of Amsterdam, and has since been implemented across different countries, including Canada and Hong Kong.
Benefits of Programme:
· Improvement in focus and attention
· Reduction in impulsivity and behavioral problems
· Improvement in peer relations
· Improvement in parent-child relationships
Reduction in parenting stress and over-reactivity
Our Mindful Parenting programme is suitable for any parent who wishes to parent with greater awareness. It includes experiential/meditation exercises and group discussions during weekly sessions as well as homework exercises in between sessions.
Benefits of Programme:
· Reduce parenting stress and parental reactivity to stress
· Improve parent-child relationship and family functioning
· Reduce parents’ and children’s emotional problems
· Improve well-being of parents and children
· Develop present moment awareness in parenting
· Responding rather than reacting to parenting stress
· Responding to parent-child conflicts
· Setting limits
· Recognising patterns from our own childhood