Common Threads individual services for children ages 3-6 are very “hands on”, with all sessions being organized in structured, supportive settings. We incorporate strength-based, fun, hands-on experiences while targeting the “hard work” and individualized goals that have been developed for each child by their parents/guardians and therapists. Children often work on the first steps needed to build strong successful relationships during these sessions—such as turn taking, increasing flexibility, sharing space, expanding interests, engaging in conversation, developing play themes, increasing focus and attention, and following directions and routines. As always, we encourage parents to be active participants in their child’s therapy services within our center.
Play Partners is the name of our therapeutic dyads for children ages 3-6 years old. This program brings together two children who are at the same stage of learning to play, building relationships with others, and social skill development, in a therapeutic social setting based upon their strengths. Individual treatment plans for each child within the pairing are developed by the family and the therapists facilitating the dyad.
Skills often addressed include:
- attaining and maintaining a “focused and alert” state with which to begin and engage in interactions
- flexibility within play plans
- the importance of compromise within relationship development
- understanding social cues and social rules
- sharing space with a peer during activities
- initiating and sustaining turn taking skills
- taking a break when needed, with the support of an adult, and rejoining engagement with a peer
- transitioning between play activities, themes, and plans
- beginning to have a sense of beginning and ending a play activity with a peer.
Therapeutic Play PODS
This therapy program, specially designed for clients ages 3-6, encourages children of all abilities to learn, play, and grow while providing a supportive, yet challenging environment for all. The focus of this therapeutic group is developing skills in the areas of social language and interactions, as well as play and independent skills. Children will be supported as they participate in structured and free play activities that aim to increase a child’s success in transitioning between environments, communicating with others, maintaining interactions with peers, increasing flexibility within play, and gaining independence. Within these groups, children have an opportunity to build upon their strengths during fun, meaningful activities that will promote the development of functional skills and positive interactions with others.
Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents
Young children and adolescents can have mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges that are genuine, painful, and costly. These difficult challenges, often called “disorders,” are sources of stress, worry, and confusion for these children and their families, as well as for schools and communities.
The number of children and adolescents and their families who are affected by mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders is significant. It is estimated that as many as one in five children and adolescents may have a mental health disorder that can be identified and require treatment.
Mental health disorders in children and adolescents are caused by biology, environment, or a combination of the two. Examples of biological factors are genetics, chemical imbalances in the body, and damage to the central nervous system, such as head injuries. Many environmental factors can also adversely affect mental health, including exposure to violence, extreme stress, and the loss of an important person.
Working together, families and communities can help children and adolescents with mental disorders. A broad range of services is often necessary to meet the needs of these young individuals and their families.
Our individual and group therapeutic services for children and adolescents are often very “hands on”, and are organized in structured, supportive settings. We incorporate strength-based, fun, hands-on experiences while targeting the “hard work” and individualized goals that have been developed for each child by their parents/guardians and therapists. As always, we encourage parents to be active participates in their child’s therapy services within our center. Groups are also available for siblings—the often forgotten family members who at times can be greatly impacted by being “witness” to the challenges their brother or sister is experiencing.