Child Study Center

How We Help

Assessment and Evaluation

Some families come to us with their own concerns, while others have a referral. We use many approaches to evaluate all areas of your child’s development. Our first step will be to recommend the most appropriate type of assessment, depending on your child and family needs.

Our evaluations are multidisciplinary. They generally include two categories: tests and tasks observed and scored by experts, and detailed histories encompassing medical, developmental, school and family information.

All evaluations result in some form of recommendations. These may range from implementation of school supports to participation in specific therapeutic interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or even parent-centered interventions.

Examples of assessments and evaluations:

  • Psychological assessments
  • Standardized cognitive assessments
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Intelligence testing
  • Detailed interviews sometimes through play with children
  • School observations
  • Behavioral observations
  • Interviews with parents and other family members

Treatment for Children and Youth

Our philosophy is that all treatment of children should involve parents and families. Research and professional experience show that full participation by the family and child leads to the greatest improvements.

  • Child and family-centered services: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Habit Reversal Therapy, Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention, psychodynamic psychotherapy, family therapy, social skills groups, group therapy, non-directive play therapy, mindfulness, and more.
  • Parent-centered services: Parent Management Training, Parent Support, Circle of Security© parenting, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE). We also have a Parent and Family Development Program that provides a range of services for adults seeking help in their own development as parents.
  • School-based advocacy­: As part of the evaluation or if you choose to have your child and family participate in treatment with us, we may consult with your child’s school and teachers. We may meet with teachers, guidance counselors, and others to better understand your child and to help develop individual education plans (IEPs) or to provide support for the classroom teachers on the challenges your child is facing.
  • In-home services: Our team may recommend a treatment where services are provided in the home. We offer several in-home services tailored specifically to the needs of children and families.