Target Ages: Birth - 3 years, also 5 & Up
Primary goal: For the early years of developmental milestones, behavioral therapy helps toddlers adjust to obstacles they face and overcome them.
For children past these typical milestones, social-emotional counseling helps strengthen a child’s ability to form relationships and express their emotions.
Read about Behavioral Support & Social Emotional Counseling here.
Behavioral therapy consists of counseling sessions for kids in particular developmental stages and is useful to begin when toddlers exhibit certain developmental delays.
Behavioral problems that emerge with your child are not failures as a parent. In fact, most patients in behavioral, social-emotional counseling are compensating for a deficit in their development. Much of the time, a developmental delay in physical or speech skills will result in some type of behavioral outburst or attitude.
Since kids have trouble expressing the challenges or hardships they face at such a young age, they usually act out unknowingly or unintentionally. We help children and parents alike understand the root causes of social-emotional issues.
Child Counseling Services Peoria, IL
Behavioral Support and Social-Emotional Counseling
Our LCSWs and LCPCs on staff work closely together to help address your child’s primary needs. Their focus is teaching children to identify their emotions and read the feelings of others around them. This is a critical skill for kids to learn as it is what helps them regulate their behavior, develop empathy and understanding of others, and most importantly it gives them a foundation to build healthy relationships.
Without being able to clearly identify their own emotions, children with social-emotional conditions easily feel threatened and even scared by new relationships. They may also act distant to their immediate family.
Child counseling is a sensitive process, and it’s one of the most important ways to improve a child’s wellness and development. Here are the professionals trained to work with you and your child:
We have three Licensed Clinical Social Workers on staff:
Carrie, LC Professional Counselor
We also have nine others on staff who are developmental therapists:
Amy, B.S., CDS
Anna, B.S., CDS
Denise, M.S., Vision Specialist
Erin, M.S., CDS
Janene, B.S., CDS
Jenni, B.S., CDS
Jill, M.S., CDS
Nadine, M.S., CDS
Tanya, M. ED.
Building Social-Emotional Awareness at Home
One of our goals for parents is to gain a better understanding of their child’s behavior. You may be wondering why your method of discipline isn’t effective, or you may not be able to tell what the underlying cause is for your child to act out. Our staff & therapists are motivated to help you find answers and provide explanations as to their recommended treatment.
This sort of therapy is important for any toddlers exhibiting issues between 12 and 36 months. However, if these conditions are not resolved by those times, toddlers above three years of age are essentially “stuck” in a past stage of development until there is intervention with therapy.
As you can see in this table, children most often show signs of behavioral problems in the years immediately following these development stages. The ages of 4-5 are when you should be most concerned with any new patterns or behaviors your child develops.
// These resources that follow will help you to identify, as a parent, what problem your child might be having. We will ask you and your child a series of questions during your screening as well as a more formal report. We believe there are five key parts to successful social-emotional therapy and behavioral counseling.
#1) Warning Signs: Identifying Developmental Concerns
Many children with behavioral problems have what we might call problems with impulse control or an inability to emotionally regulate. Other kids will very clearly act distant from family members or have another obvious emotional disconnect. Once you notice these issues, contact our staff to set up a developmental screening.
#2) Free Screening: Professional Diagnostics
During this screening at our office, we will ask for any of these conditions that you’ve noticed your child exhibiting recently. We may also ask to spend some one-on-one time with your child to assess their behaviors in an isolated situation.
Afterward, we will have an assessment for you and will recommend any services or workshops as we see necessary.
#3) Improving Emotional and Social Health: Emotion Coaching & Activities
We provide a variety of approaches to our counseling and therapy sessions. One of the unique parts of our program are the Groups we hold periodically. Outside of individualized sessions, Groups are a great way for parents to join their child in a safe environment with other families to practice the skills they are learning. Read more here.
#4) Forming Stronger Relationships
One of the ways we measure success is in the development of stronger bonds among members of the family. We provide parents with resources and tips to use in the home that will complement our behavioral counseling sessions.
#5) Improving Communication in the Home
At the conclusion of our sessions, the staff that has worked with your child during this time will give you some final advisement about communicating emotions as a family. By this point, your child should be able to more openly express themselves and know when they are having an outburst should it happen.
If you ever need additional support in these matters at home, feel free to contact our office.