Children exhibit these types of behaviors for many reasons and trying to figure them out on your own is not always possible. It can be so hard to ask for help, but we all need help from time to time. I know you love your child, but parenting a child with developmental, emotional, mental health or behavioral needs can be very challenging. While working with children and families in mental health agencies, schools and in private practice I have learned that every child has the potential to succeed and that with help, parents are their best advocates. Let me help you help your child be the best he or she can be.
Calm Self-regulated, provides safe environment, provides structure based on developmental and emotional needs of the child
Open Open to the whole child. Being fully present and engaged. Open to future possibilities. If adopted, open to birth family history and connection.
Accepting Accepting of the child's and family's unique needs, strengths and challenges, open to the fact that parents are the experts on their children, accepting of the child’s past trauma, placement and birth family history
Curious Can ask questions, has a sense of wonder, creative, willing to explore with the child and family
Hopeful Helps parents believe in themselves and their children, provides resources and identifies supports, provides tools for success. Demonstrates belief in the child. Encourages challenges and assists in meeting goals.