This program is specifically designed for individuals who would like to help a child improve their daily functioning. A lot of the focus is on understanding how negative thoughts and feelings bring about unhelpful behavior and on the evaluation and improvement of executive functioning skills, which are those abilities and habit that govern a person’s daily life. During this program, we provide many techniques and guidelines to improve negative thoughts and feelings and develop the skills needed to plan, organize and perform daily activities well.

What are the objectives of the program?

  • To understand how automatic negative thoughts and feelings cause negative behavior
  • To provide you with the best techniques and practices to develop and improve functioning skills
  • To give you guidelines and tools to help your child achieve their goals
  • To emphasize that a supportive family environment and proactive communication are the cornerstones of improvement

What does the program do?

The program is designed to offer the best information and tools for you to guide a child to improve their daily functioning and performance and reduce negative symptoms that may be present. The training provided is aimed at providing you and your child with the skills to improve performance and create a supportive environment in which to achieve progress.

We offer a psychoeducation component to help you understand the complexities of cognitive theory and how it influences the child’s functioning. Perspectives of the cognitive-behavioral theory are included to help you appreciate the importance that beliefs, thoughts, and feelings have on behavior and the consequences that may follow. Practical exercises are included to explore your child’s thinking patterns, triggers, and risks and protective factors that have to be managed to ensure progress.

An important part of the program is devoted to developing executive functioning skills. These are abilities that are required to successfully perform daily tasks and meet expectations. The different skills include planning/prioritizing, organizing, time management, flexibility, behavior inhibition, emotion regulation, task initiation, goal-directed persistence, working memory, sustained attention, and metacognition. We offer guidelines and methods to assess and improve areas that your child finds most challenging.

Another important aspect is communication skills to improve motivation and listening, both vital parts of building an effective helping relationship. Also, in this area, we discuss practical tips for communicating effectively with your child and reduce resistance and defiance.

If you follow all the concepts and exercises that are outlined in simple explanations and steps, you will find that, by the end of the formal sessions, you will have improved your insight into your child’s abilities, functioning, and problems, and have the tools to facilitate effective support.

Many of the exercises provided are completed by the child, but, as a parent and/or caregiver, you should act as mentor or guide in the process to help utilize and improve your interaction with the child.