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Evidence Based Practices

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Every child has unique needs, so individualized plans are a must. ABA interventions are personalized to reflect the unique psychological, educational and developmental needs of each child. Our board-certified behavior analysts combine intensive teaching and behavior modification techniques to help individuals to:

•    Increase skills in language, play and socialization
•    Decrease challenging behaviors that interfere with learning and daily life
•    Reduce or eliminate ritualistic or self-injurious behaviors
•    Increase attention span
•    Improve adaptive skills
•    Increase independence

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR has been found to minimize emotional responses connected to the memory by activating mechanisms in the brain that help the individual process the distressing emotions and memory. As part of the EMDR process, the therapist may direct the client to hold specific memories in mind while also guiding the client in a way that the person may be able to process the traumatic memory at a faster rate compared to psychotherapy alone.

 

EMDR therapy involves eight phases, including looking at past memories, current triggers, and skills and behaviors that can help in the future. 

Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT is an evidence-based approach that combines behavior therapy, play therapy and caregiver training to improve strained relationships between parents and children and produce long lasting results. 

 

PCIT is a collaborative, hands on approach. By working together within a safe a controlled environment, the therapist assists the parent or caregiver to reset boundaries and establish clear expectations. All homework exercises given to complete between sessions are customized and designed to reinforce the strategies learned with the therapist.

Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET)

TARGET is a strengths-based approach to education and therapy for trauma survivors. TARGET teaches a set of seven skills ​that can be used to regulate emotions, manage trauma memories, promote self-assurance, and achieve lasting results. The FREEDOM skills include:

  1. Focus

  2. Recognize triggers

  3. Emotion self-check

  4. Evaluate thoughts

  5. Define goals

  6. Options

  7. Make a contribution

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT focuses on helping children and adolescents affected by trauma. It is effective in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is a short-term program involving both the child and the parents. Trauma focused CBT addresses factors related to the child's traumatic experiences including:

  • Behavioral and cognitive issues

  • Depression and/or anxiety symptoms

  • Helping to improve parenting skills and parent interactions with their children.
     

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