Problem Clarification

Our process begins as we develop an overview of your situation from multiple sources: family members, professionals with whom your child has worked, and your son or daughter directly. We review prior assessments, school records and other pertinent data. Some of the areas we explore are:

The current situation

  • What are the issues, problems, or questions of immediate concern to you and to your child academically, socially, emotionally, etc?

Past history

  • What have been the patterns, themes, trends, traumas, etc. that may have contributed to the current situation?
  • What are your child’s strengths, weaknesses, and talents that we should know about?
  • What has worked / not worked with intervention attempts in the past?

Goals and expectations

  • What constitutes success? What are the measurements that will indicate your expectations have been fulfilled?
  • Where do you want to see your son or daughter in the short-term, medium-term, and into the long-range future?

Family parameters

  • What are your geographic preferences?
  • Are there financial limitations?
  • What are your religious preferences, if any?

Possible options

From this information, we can narrow the range of possibilities and discuss in your options in detail. Together, we can start to build a plan for success.