Dr. Hembree-Kigin provides comprehensive assessment and evidence based treatment services for children and teens with a wide variety of presenting problems. Examples of services provided include:
- ADHD evaluation and treatment including clinical interviews with parents and child, behavior rating scales completed by parents and teachers, and direct observations conducted in the child’s classroom. After data is collected, a feedback and treatment planning appointment is scheduled to provided diagnostic information and treatment recommendations. Treatment generally includes school consultation regarding classroom accommodations, parenting education and support, coaching of child in social and organizational skills, and, when appropriate, collaboration with physicians regarding medication.
- Anxiety management including cognitive-behavioral therapy, parent and child education regarding biological processes in anxiety, relaxation training, positive visual imagery, assessment of realistic vs unrealistic fears, response prevention for compulsive behaviors, systematic desensitization for specific phobias, and therapy for separation anxiety.
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for young children presenting with oppositional, noncompliant behavioral patterns. PCIT is a highly researched, evidence based intervention that decreases disruptive behavior problems, decreases parenting stress, and improves the parent child relationship.
- Coping skills training which may include education about the role of thoughts in emotion, anger management, flexible thinking, accepting “no” skill, assertiveness training, sportsmanship, skills for being a good host and good guest, owning up, and accepting consequences.
- Gifted evaluations involve two hours of cognitive testing, most often using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition, followed by a one hour parent feedback discussing test results and educational planning.
- Individual therapy for adolescents addressing common presenting problems including parent-teen communication difficulties, social struggles, anxiety and mood problems, academic struggles, organizational skills, time management, and strategies for applying to college.
- Improvement of sibling relationships through the use of an engaging board game that rewards children for displaying the behaviors that help children to be a stronger team. Examples of target behaviors include playing together for 20 minutes without arguing or fighting, exchanging favors, giving genuine compliments, pitching in together to do a chore, showing happiness instead of jealousy, comforting a sibling who is hurt or upset, and sticking up for a sibling. Behaviors that weaken the sibling team send children backward on their game board including physical aggression, name-calling, mean talk, tattling over non-safety issues, and going in each other’s rooms/belongings without permission.