Play Therapy (PT)
The encouragement of self-expression in the most natural way.
Children often have difficulty verbally expressing what they feel and how experiences have affected them. PT is an evidence-based form of child therapy that gives them an alternative method of expression, and supports their innate capacity for inner growth, development and resiliency.
PT is held in a specialized Therapeutic Playroom stocked with carefully curated toys and art supplies that children can use to convey their thoughts and feelings. Through play, they explore relationships, and work through emotional, psychosocial, developmental and behavioural difficulties.
Parents and/or caregivers have their own sessions to increase their awareness of their child’s inner world and work on parenting strategies. For younger children, we recommend and facilitate parent-child dyadic play therapy.
For PT, we recommend starting with 12 sessions and then re-evaluating the child’s needs.
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Learning how to develop positive thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
CBT is an evidence-based form of child therapy that helps improve a child’s moods, anxiety and behaviour by examining the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. They’ll develop adaptive thinking skills so they can better cope with difficult moods and situations by becoming more aware of sensations and patterns. Some of the techniques we employ include:
Guiding self-statements (“Stop, Think, Act”)
Positive self-statements (“You can solve this problem”)
Problem Solving (“What are all of my options to solve this problem?”)
Relaxation training (deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation)
Recognition of maladaptive thought patterns (“I know she didn’t mean it; it was an accident”)
Modelling, role playing and reinforcement for using CBT skills
Techniques for Emotion Regulation
CBT is considered a short-term therapy (12-16 sessions). The child is assigned practice activities to do at home and the parents are trained to coach them along.
Family Therapy (FT)
Helping parents and children understand each other and work together to solve problems.
Our FT helps parents better support their children and adolescents at home and at school by enabling safe exploration and expression of difficult thoughts and emotions. In FT, we help family members:
Understand each other’s experiences and views.
Appreciate each other’s needs.
Recognize family strengths.
Work together to make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.
Sessions are flexible according to the family’s needs.
The strengthening of weaknesses through one-on-one coaching, following a custom-created outline based on the ULP.
Tutors often focus on the curriculum that is being taught in the schools. Academic remediation focuses on setting children up to be independent learners. It builds the academic skills required to complete the curriculum like literacy, numeracy, organizational strategies, study skills and the use of assistive technology.
Through weekly one-on-one direct instructive sessions, children will build skills through a comprehensive and balanced approach that incorporates their interests and makes learning fun.
Our team consults with parents/guardians and school personnel to support our clients’ academic development and achievement in all areas of their daily lives. We track progress to provide ongoing information on meeting the goals.
We can work with unique learning profiles across all grades and in all subject areas.
Our recommendations around academic interventions are a result of a comprehensive and achievable plan (including IEP recommendations) that we develop with the goal of implementation.
We can build in specific interventions, academic assessments, progress monitoring and homework help.