In order to identify and bring out the best in all children, we begin with a thorough assessment of the child or adolescent. Next, we coordinate follow-up support for each family through ongoing consultation. Last, we maintain ongoing relationships with families!
Our Services inlcude: Diagnostic Assessments, Psychological and Behavorial Health Counseling, and Educational Therapy and Consultation to Schools. Typical temporary problems would include learning delays, difficult behavior or problems with emotional control and the behavior that results from this. Such problem can usually be dealt with through treatment services that are for a fixed period of time. True neurodevelopmental disorders are more longstanding in nature. Examples include ADHD, Autistic disorders, Learning Disorders and Motor Control disorders. They continue to impact on development throughout childhood.
Medication is a challenging issue. At the CDN we are neither for nor against medication, but believe it can be helpful for individual children when used selectively. The key to medication is to see it as a means to an end. Using medication to control symptoms (such as impulsivity and distractibility) may allow developmental interventions (e.g. to build learning, organizational or social skills) to be far more successful.