What is Children’s Services?
Children’s services are therapies specifically designed to address the needs of children up until age 18. This period of childhood and adolescence, already fraught with the physical, emotional, and social challenges of growing into adulthood, can be especially difficult for young people living with circumstances, conditions, or disorders that tax their abilities to cope in healthy ways. Elite DNA Behavioral Health provides a variety of mental and behavioral health services for children, adolescents, and teens, including Talk Therapy, Psychiatry and Medication Management, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Speech and Language Therapy. Additionally, we offer Behavioral Health Day Services for children ages 7-17 who are experiencing emotional or behavioral issues. Behavioral Health Day Services are offered at our Fort Myers-Metro office or virtually through telehealth.
Our trained therapists use evidence-based scientific principles to help them improve their socially significant behaviors through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Through Occupational Therapy, our team helps children ages 2+ learn to participate fully in daily activities (or “occupations”) with treatment focused on improving a child’s fine motor skills, play, social participation, self-care, and executive functioning. Our Speech and Language therapists support children ages 2+ with conditions affecting oral motor skills, swallowing, speech, linguistics, and language and speech abilities. ABA, Occupational, and Speech and Language therapies are offered virtually throughout Florida. Occupational, Speech and ABA Therapy are available in-person in our Fort Myers-Plantation office, and Occupational Therapy is available in-person at our Naples office.
Psychiatric care, including medication management, and psychotherapy are also part of our Children’s Services, offered by experienced professionals specializing in helping children who have experienced trauma, live with a mental health condition, or need help to navigate a major life transition. LGBTQIA and Gender Identity matters are handled with the utmost discretion and your child is ensured a safe place to discuss their feelings.
Behavioral Health Day Services are designed for families on Medicaid and for children who have emotional and behavioral issues. The program can support children who experience depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, and more. Learn more about Behavioral Health Day Services.
How Do Children’s Services Work?
Children experience the world differently than adults do. In their earlier years, they also learn differently. Just as there is no one right path to better mental health for adults, neither is there one path for children and adolescents. Our pediatric behavioral and mental health experts will work with you, your child, and your family to determine the best care plan for your child. In some cases, you may play an active role in your child’s mental health care, in other cases our therapists will work individually with your child and keep you updated as your child progresses.
Can Children’s Services Help My Child?
Our pediatric therapy and psychiatry professionals use proven methods of care that can help guide your child through stages of development or symptoms of a mental health condition. In general, if your child’s symptoms or behavior persists for longer than a few weeks or interferes with their ability to function at school, at home, or in other social situations, you should consider seeking help.
What can I expect from Children’s Services at Elite DNA Behavioral Health?
Your child will meet with one of our Care Coordinators and then be matched with the provider or providers who specialize in the appropriate field of children’s behavioral and mental health care. You can help your child prepare for their first appointment by making them as comfortable as possible on the day of their first meeting with their provider. Wearing a favorite article of clothing or, for young children, bringing along a comfort item, such as a toy or blanket, may help them to anticipate the first appointment in a positive way.
Your child’s therapist or psychiatrist will create a treatment plan tailored to the needs of your child and your family. Together you will set goals for each stage of your child’s therapy. The part you will play in this treatment plan will be thoroughly explained. Remember, you are not alone.
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We are experts in Speech, Occupational Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis. Let us help you create a tailored plan to care for your child and your family. Why not give us a call today to schedule your appointment?