How do I know if I need parent education?

In my opinion, most parents could use support from time to time.  Parent education is for people who have questions about their child’s development and want a better understanding of the little person they are raising, how to play with them and support their development.  Parent education is also for parents who have concerns about their child’s development or are raising a child who has special needs.  Parents of children with special needs often benefit from support regarding (but not limited to) behavior, integrating support throughout the day, and how to “just” be a parent and not a therapist.  Parent education is for partners who need help getting on the same page when it comes to parenting style or parents who don’t feel positive and happy when they are with their children.  To be sure, parenting will not always be easy or filled with joy, but everyone who is around children deserves to feel empowered, educated, and fulfilled during their time together.  You can have a happy and healthy home.

How do I know if my child needs support?

I’m a huge proponent of getting in early.  If it seems like your child is struggling, let’s take a look.  If they seem overly anxious or are having a hard time mastering a skill, we’ll see whether what’s happening is developmentally appropriate or some additional support would be helpful.  This can be in a variety of areas from play and social skills, to potty training, to children identified as having a developmental delay.

How will I know if you are a good fit for my child and family?

The best way to know if we’re a good “fit,” and not every family and therapist are, is to give it a shot.  If it doesn’t feel good for either of us, we’ll talk about it and I’ll be happy to refer you to another therapist.  Our conversations and the techniques I offer won’t always be comfortable, but I’ll help you understand why I believe they’ll work, and I’ll be right there with you as you step out of your comfort zone.

What age children do you work with?

While I’m certified to work with children up to age 9, I specialize in working with children from birth through age 6.  That being said, each case is evaluated separately, and if I feel I can be effective with a child who is older, I am glad to offer my services.

Do you work typically developing children or children with special needs?

Both.  Many children benefit from support from time to time, whether they are having a hard time getting involved in play with their peers or have special needs.  Every child will have a customized plan and techniques specifically designed to help them reach their goals.  In-home services with children are available in some NYC locations only.

What if I want a longer session for my child?

We’ll discuss if this would be beneficial for your child and if it works with my schedule, the session will be prorated.

Will you work with my child’s school?

Absolutely!  I strongly believe that collaboration with all of the grown-ups in a child’s life is essential.  Children behave differently in different spaces and with a variety of grown-ups.  Sometimes techniques that work at home do not work, or are not appropriate for school.  But the more consistent the support we can provide, the easier it will be for a child to learn new skills.

Where do you see clients?

Parent sessions are conducted via Skype.  In-person parent sessions are arranged on an as needed basis.  Children sessions take place in a child’s home, school, etc. 

My spouse and I both work.  Do you schedule sessions with clients on the weekends?

Yes, there are certain instances where I am happy to meet with a family on the weekend. If this is your situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to discuss details.  I also meet with parents via Skype in the evenings.  As often as possible, I like to have both parents in a session so that we can develop a plan that works for both of you.

What are your fees?

Fees vary based on the type of service, location, and day/time.  I always discuss fees prior to meeting with a family so that they are clear on the financial investment they are making.  Feel free to get in touch if you have questions about specific services or packages.

What type of payment do you take?

Sessions can be paid for by credit card, check or cash.

Do you provide invoices and diagnosis codes?

Invoices for sessions are provided that include a National Provider Identification number.  I do not include diagnosis codes on invoices.

Do you take insurance?

At this time I do not accept insurance, and payment is the client’s responsibility.  I am happy to provide you with an invoice but I do not include diagnosis codes.  However, some families have had success with submitting these invoices to their insurance company,

What is your cancellation policy?

I understand that things may come up from time to time that cause a family to cancel a session.  For this reason, each client is given one emergency cancellation (get out of jail free) session.  After that sessions cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment will be billed at 50% of the session rate.