Frequently Asked Questions
I think my child might benefit from therapy but I’m not sure…is that okay?
Absolutely. The only thing you have to know is that you are concerned, frustrated, or feel like you could use the support of a specialist when problem solving behavioral, emotional or developmental issues. Much of our initial work together will be focused on collecting information and getting acquainted in order that we can make recommendations and plans for action. If we recommend your child receive therapy, we will work with you to design a therapy plan that includes mutually-agreed-upon goals, appropriate frequency of service, and whom should take part in therapy sessions. At times, another type of service may best meet your needs. We will guide and support you in exploring and accessing whatever services are most appropriate.
What might therapy be like for my child?
Most children enjoy coming to therapy. Dr. Sarah takes the time to know each child’s interests and personality so that the very important tasks of learning about their feelings, behaviors or experiences, feels more like play than work. The first several sessions are spent building a trusting relationship that allows your child to feel comfortable enough to grow and learn within the therapeutic space. For younger children, therapy often involves their parents or other key “grownups.”
What might developmental/psychological testing be like for my child?
Developmental testing is often much more fun for children than “grownups” expect it to be. Test items often involve toys such as blocks, balls, crayons and dolls. For more structured assessments, children may experience some frustration when items become increasingly difficult. Dr. Sarah takes care to provide children with ample positive feedback and goals to work toward. Assessment sessions will be tailored to the age, emotional and behavioral needs of your child.
I have concerns about my young child but the waitlists for assessment at other places can be so long. How can you help?
Pediatric Psych Services is able to provide initial assessments, recommendations and support services for young children with developmental concerns so you can begin to get the help and answers you want, sooner. In many cases in the greater community, a child receives a diagnosis after many months on a waitlist, only to learn that there are additional waitlists for the services now identified as necessary. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to begin accessing early intervention services sooner. Should intensive (more than 1x/week) services be the most appropriate recommendation for your child, we will provide recommendations and support in accessing quality care with earnest.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Appointments can be made by completing the Contact Us section of our website or by calling, or emailing, Dr. Sarah. Before scheduling an initial appointment, Dr. Sarah will want to speak with you to get an understanding of your concerns and how she can help.
How soon can my child be seen by Pediatric Psych Services?
Most families are able to begin accessing services for their family/child within 1-2 weeks of initial contact with Dr. Sarah.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
Please bring a copy of your insurance card, corresponding identification, and completed forms found here.
Does my child have to be a patient with a pediatrician at Pediatric Services to access care from Pediatric Psych Services?
No. Pediatric Psych Services is an independent provider located within the same suite as pediatric clinic Pediatric Services. While we enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with the doctors at Pediatric Services when it serves the best interests of their patients, clients of Pediatric Psych Services need no relationship with these physicians. Pediatric Psych Services is happy to collaborate with whichever pediatric practice you utilize.
*Note: We are not able to take on outpatient testing or new therapy clients at this time