Bonding with Baby
A reflective, informative
and supportive parenting program
Birth to Three
Parenthood in general can be hugely rewarding, but it can also be extremely challenging. Parenting a newborn is a huge transition in life and can be particularly unsettling and stressful. Life stressors and circumstances related to parenting an infant or toddler can arise and impact a family’s stability and well-being. As parents embark on this new and exciting journey they can often also feel insecure about their abilities and lack of support.
Our Birth To Three services are uniquely designed to support new parents through this wonderful and stressful period and also to promote healthy development of their baby. We work with parents and their young children by addressing immediate presenting difficulties related to issues such as feeding, sleeping, temperament, and limit setting. By targeting identified concerns that arise during the first years of life and helping parents develop skills and become more attuned to their baby, these services lower the stress of early parenthood and promote the child’s healthy development.
When families are struggling with postpartum depression or parenting a pre-term infant they face even greater challenges and stress. Utilizing relational and neuro-developmental models of intervention, our services are aimed at addressing all challenges during this sensitive period in order to strengthen the parent-child bond, promote secure attachment, and support optimal development. We offer 6 session groups as well as private individualized sessions with your baby.
Discipline at its best is an
There is a tremendous amount of plasticity to a child's
development which makes working with
children extremely rewarding.
Just like there are certain physical development milestones
so too there are certain emotional and social developmental
milestones only they are not as
easily recognizable to the naked eye.
We are particularly concerned about the long-term effects
of psychotopic medication on the developing brain and
strive to effect change wherever possible solely through
parenting, behavioral techniques
I am a strong believer in early intervention and
prevention rather than in
We are all familiar with the physical milestones that mark a child’s development. There are also certain emotional, social, and cognitive developmental milestones that a child needs to achieve in order to be successful in life. Because these milestones are less visible to the naked eye, they are more difficult to discern.
At times, children have difficulty learning how to regulate their mood, manage anxiety, control their impulses, tolerate frustration, and interact effectively with their peers. When a child struggles with any one of these social or emotional skills it can significantly interfere with their overall well being and enjoyment of life. It can also take a toll on the child’s self-esteem, his/her relationship with parents, and the dynamic of the family.
We start by providing a thorough diagnostic consultation in order to understand what is going on and how we can best help. With targeted intervention from our team of licensed child psychologists with extensive training in the assessment and treatment of children, the child can then be helped to overcome their challenges. We believe that in order to be effective it is of utmost importance to establish a supportive partnership with parents and with schools when needed in order to best help the child. We utilize evidence based treatment and we help each child develop his/her own strengths in order to most effectively compensate for difficulties.
You don't need to agree with your
child or give them exactly what they
want but you do
need to learn how to hear
The stressors of growing up as a teenager
in today's culture are
overwhelming and it is our
job to acknowledge that.
Transitions are difficult for even the most well-adjusted kids, and moving into young adulthood can be a trying experience. Tackling peer pressure, substance abuse, issues of sexuality, internet safety, and academic pressures can be overwhelming for teenagers and their parents, who often feel ill-equipped to deal with these new challenges. We believe in helping both parents and their teenagers become increasingly more fortified to effectively deal with these challenges. By equipping teens with the tools they need to better understand themselves and their surroundings, we help them thrive during this time of growth and opportunity.
It is important to develop a
around emotional refueling.
Stepping our of one's comfort zone can be
an incredibly difficult challenge
but also a very
The gifts that you have been given
are easy to give
Those which you have not, are harder
A healty mind - a healthy body
Conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, as well as stressors such as marital conflict/divorce, life transitions, and career challenges can be debilitating and painful. Through a range of personalized, evidence based interventions, we strive to help adults identify and overcome the barriers to happiness and success in both their personal and professional lives. It is our aim to help them obtain a better grasp of their goals and achieve psychological well-being.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Psychodynamic Oriented Therapy
- Group Psychotherapy
- Anger Management Counseling
- Parent Training
- Marital Counseling
EvaluationsSibling rivalry can be seeen as a very destructive
force in a family or it can be used as a breeding
ground for children to develop social skills.
You go to school to become a doctor, lawyer, teacher,
or nurse but parenting is the most difficult
(and meaningful) job you will ever have
but comes with the
least amount of training!
Family dynamics are critical to overall well-being. Because families are constantly evolving structures, difficulties at school and work, divorce, financial struggles, physical and emotional illness, and sibling rivalry all put stress on the family. At The Kahane Center, we offer comprehensive family support, with a focus on the parents, as they are the family’s backbone. We help parents recognize and understand their family structures and provide them with the tools necessary to shift ineffective family dynamics and help the family learn to function better together.
- Family Psychotherapy
- Marital Counseling
- Behavioral Modification Programs
When a parent has a child who is struggling with a
physical disability they are given additional
support and respect from the community. When a
parent has a child with ASD (Autism Spectrum
Disorder) they are often ostracized and accused of
not disciplining their child adequately.
This needs changing.
We utilize a meta-cognitive approach to
Children who have social deificits should not
be punished for their disabilities.
They should be supported and
When a parent has a child who is struggling with
a physical disability they are given
additional support and respect from the community.
When a parent has a child with ASD
(Autism Spectrum Disorder) they are often ostracized
and accused of not disciplining their child adequately.
This needs changing.
Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Most people naturally acquire social skills by virtue of being surrounded by people. At a young age, they learn basic skills, such as how to make eye contact, speak on topic, initiate conversations and relationships with others, maintain reciprocity, understand other people’s perspectives and read body language. Because children with high functioning autism are unable to acquire these skills incidentally, they are impaired in their social cognition, which significantly interferes with their ability to function on a daily basis.We believe in partnering with parents
and schools in an active way in order
toeffect positive change in the
The Learning Center
When children struggle to read, write, or do arithmetic, it takes an emotional toll on their self-esteem and causes anxiety. Often, these struggles may be the result of an undiagnosed learning disability. Proper diagnosis is critical to help children learn to use their strengths in order to compensate for their underlying weaknesses. Accurate assessment is the key to beginning a process that leads to academic success.
We provide full psycho-educational and neuropsychological evaluations with extensive, targeted, concrete strategies for children to use both at home and at school, and with outside professionals. Because we value the important role that school plays in every child’s life, we actively partner with schools, including on-site consultations, to promote growth. Additionally, we provide extensive remediation to children in order to help them learn how to best tap into their underlying strengths, and also work through the areas in which they struggle most. We aim to foster the child’s ability to know how they, as an individual, learn, in order to be a more successful self-directed learner.
What is Orton-Gillingham?
Orton-Gillingham is a multi-sensory phonetic approach to teaching children to read, write, and spell. With this approach, students alternate between reading and writing the same sound, in the same lesson. Learning to encode and decode simultaneously reinforces the sensory neural pathways, as links are made between visual, auditory, tactile/kinesthetic pathways. This approach also uses a systematic and cumulative method to review and strengthen memory. Combination letter sounds are taught and reviewed until they become automatic.
Orton-Gillingham has been proven in numerous studies to effectively teach children. It can especially help children who struggle with the conventional methods of learning to read, write, and spell that are taught in the classroom. Orton-Gillingham focuses on an individualized plan to ensure that each child’s needs are met. It utilizes direct instruction and continuous student-teacher interaction to insure that each child is assured the attention he or she needs to succeed.
Orton-Gillingham: Who Needs This Approach?
Does your child:
● have difficulty identifying the letters of the alphabet?
● have difficulty matching the letters of the alphabet to the correct sounds (phonemes) and vice versa?
● have difficulty rhyming words?
● reverse letters when spelling or reading?
● pause at random points when reading a sentence, or stumble when reading?
● have poor comprehension skills?
There are many benefits to sleeping well at night. Getting a good night sleep contributes to our overall health and mental well-being. Research has demonstrated that adequate sleep improves performance, mood, and brain functioning. Did you know that healthy sleep habits begin in infancy? As a parent, helping your child develop healthy sleep habits from early infancy can set them up for sleep success in the future.
At The Kahane Center we offer consultative services to help families with infants and young children establish healthy sleep routines and promote good sleep hygiene. Consultations are done in the office and/or in the home. For more information regarding our sleep consultations contact our office.
If you are interested in reading and learning more about sleep, take the time to visit our blog page.
Divorce mediation is about divorcing couples deciding what is best for them and, most importantly, their children. In mediation, couples are helped by a trained professional to reach a resolution that allows them to end their marriage in as amicable,cost effective and least traumatic manner as possible. The goal of the mediation is to achieve a legally binding agreement that addresses the financial issues as well as the emotional and family needs. By applying the evidence-based principles of family systems psychology to this area of intervention our mediator, a licensed clinical psychologist, helps couples achieve these goals.
Mediation at the Kahane Center is based on the notion that self-awareness and communication are our best tools. It is predicated on the idea that in order to get heard we need to be helped to hear. Mediation at the Kahane Center is flexible and confidential. It gives couples a safe “space” to work together towards resolving their conflicts. In addition, if there are children, mediation at the Kahane Center places an emphasis on their well-being. The goal of mediation is that divorced couples are able to continue to work together, effectively, as parents.
The issues covered include, but are not limited to, the following:
● Distribution of Property (Assets/Liabilities)
● Child Custody and Parenting Time
● Child Support/Maintenance
For further information on out Divorce Mediation Services at the Kahane Center email us at [email protected]
Social Cognition Therapy Groups
As a pioneer in the field of social skills training, Dr. Kahane provides multiple groups for children in preschool through high school. When she began them twenty years ago, these groups were a ground-breaking endeavor based upon her doctoral research to target and remediate the deficits of children who suffer from social skills problems by utilizing small group dynamics. It is now recognized that social skills difficulties are a significant piece of the problem for children that suffer from ADD, ADHD, anxiety and mood based disorders and a host of other issues that affect the quality of their social, school and family life. Dr. Kahane utilizes a unique approach to target and teach the multitude of skills that comprise socialization. The groups track and reinforce social skills, giving the children the tools they need to function more adaptively and comfortably in their world. Group members are carefully matched based on appropriate criteria for optimal group dynamics. Groups are limited to a small size and run for ten-week sessions.