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99 East Central Street, Suite 7-8
Natick, MA 01760

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781-591-7475

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Assessment Services

Using an Individualized, Developmental Approach

 

Neurodevelopmental Evaluations (1-4 yrs old)

Neurodevelopmental evaluations use toys and developmentally appropriate materials to assess a young child’s cognitive skills, early academic skills, language, fine motor skills, play, adaptive behavior, attention, memory, and social-emotional functioning. This evaluation includes testing with the child (parents can be in the room if needed), interview with the parents, interview with other providers (such as a preschool teacher or Early Intervention provider), and completion of questionnaires. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the child’s strengths and weaknesses. A comprehensive report will be written based on the child’s profile and specific recommendations will be provided for home and preschool (when appropriate). A diagnosis may be provided, if appropriate. Common diagnostic questions include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Language Delay, Anxiety, and/or Attention difficulties. This evaluation is appropriate when a parent or provider is concerned about developmental, learning, attentional, behavioral, social, and/or emotional difficulties.

Autism in toddlers

Neuropsychological Evaluations (5-15 yrs old)

Neuropsychological evaluations use developmentally appropriate materials to assess a child’s cognitive skills, academic skills, language, fine motor skills, play, adaptive behavior, attention, memory, and social-emotional functioning. This evaluation includes testing with the child, interview with the parents, interview with other providers (such as a teacher or therapist), and completion of questionnaires. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the child’s strengths and weaknesses. A comprehensive report will be written based on the child’s profile and specific recommendations will be provided for home and school. A diagnosis may be provided, if appropriate. Common diagnostic questions include Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, Anxiety, and/or Depression. This evaluation is appropriate when a parent or provider is concerned about developmental, learning, attentional, behavioral, social, and/or emotional difficulties.

Neuropsychological evaluation

Gifted & Talented Evaluations (3-15 yrs old)

Gifted and talented evaluations use developmentally appropriate materials to assess a child’s cognitive skills, academic skills, language, fine motor skills, play, adaptive behavior, attention, memory, and social-emotional functioning. This evaluation includes testing with the child, interview with the parents, interview with other providers (such as a coach or teacher), and completion of questionnaires. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the child’s strengths and talents. A comprehensive report will be written and specific recommendations will be provided for home and school. This evaluation is appropriate when a parent or provider suspects that a child is gifted and the child is not having any academic, behavioral, emotional, or social difficulties.

Gifted and Talented kids

Treatment Services

Using an Individualized, Developmental Approach

**There is currently a waiting list for Treatment Services. Please email Dr. Bennett to be added to the waiting list.

 

Early Executive Functioning Skill Building

Individual play-based skill building sessions for children ages 3-7 years old targeting the development of 1) early executive functioning skills, such as initiation (e.g., developing ideas), organization/planning, inhibition, cognitive/behavioral flexibility, and/or self-monitoring, and 2) developmentally appropriate coping skills. Dr. Bennett incorporates clinical and behavioral techniques to help build skills through 10-20 play-based sessions. Treatment plans are individualized for each child.

Parent Support and Therapy

Individual therapy sessions for parents focused on adjusting to becoming a parent and managing the stresses of parenting, including parenting children with disabilities and/or emotional and behavioral challenges. Parents are provided with guidance in how to best support their child, as well as practical strategies to help manage their own level of stress. Dr. Bennett incorporates Cognitive Behavioral and mindfulness strategies into sessions. Parent mental health is key to child mental health. Taking care of your children starts with taking care of you.

Behavior Therapy/Behavior Management (ages 2-10)

Developmentally appropriate behavior management techniques are utilized to reduce non-compliance and disruptive behavior, such as hitting, kicking, head banging, and/or biting. Specific behavior plans based on the function of the behavior can be developed with parents as needed. Replacement behaviors, such as functional communication and social skills, can be taught, as well as developmentally appropriate coping skills. Data is collected during each session. Behavior Therapy is appropriate for any child who is having difficulty managing their emotions and/or behavior. Parents are trained in coping skills, so they can be utilized at home. Parents participate in each session and can meet with Dr. Bennett without the child, if and when appropriate.      

  

Positive Parenting

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) ages 4-15

Developmentally appropriate techniques are utilized to teach kids how to appropriately identify their thoughts, feelings, and behavior, as it relates to their everyday lives. All children work one-to-one with Dr. Bennett. Data is collected during each session. Specific coping skills are taught and supported through visual cues, play, and games. Common “thinking errors” are reviewed and children can learn how to restructure negative thoughts to more positive, rational, or “balanced” thoughts (when it is developmentally appropriate). CBT is most appropriate for children who are experiencing difficulty managing anxious or depressive thoughts. Parents are trained in coping skills, so they can be utilized at home. Parents participate in each session.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for kids

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy (ages 2-10)

Several techniques are utilized, including Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Verbal Behavior (VB), Natural Environment or Incidental Teaching (NET), and Pivotal Response Training (PRT). All children work one-to-one with Dr. Bennett. Data is collected during each session. Office-based ABA allows for skills and techniques to be taught in a carefully planned and controlled environment, which leads to a more accurate implementation of techniques when the parent and child are first learning them. Each child's treatment is individualized and developed according to the child's specific needs, skill set, and developmental level. All services provided include a parent training component, which leads to parents feeling confident in utilizing ABA techniques in their daily lives. Parents learn how to use techniques to engage their child and teach him/her communication, social skills, play skills, executive functioning skills, and/or adaptive behavior. If the child demonstrates disruptive behavior or engages in tantrum behavior, parents can learn behavioral techniques to manage and reduce these behaviors. Specific behavior plans can be developed with the parents as needed. Parent training allows for generalization in the home and community.

Natural ABA

Other Services

Using an Individualized, Developmental Approach

**Limited availability, based on Dr. Bennett's schedule.

 
School Observation

School-based Behavioral Observations

Public and private programs

Advocate for IEP meetings

Attend IEP Meetings

By phone or in-person

Parent/School Consultation

In the office or at schools

Powerpoint Presentations:

1) Merging Behavior Analytic and Clinical Perspectives to Work with Students with Complex Mental Health Diagnoses

2) The Developmental Impact of Trauma and Effective Behavioral Interventions for Students

3) The Interpretation of Neuropsychological Evaluations

4) Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment

5) Neurodevelopmental Evaluations and Autism Treatment

6) Red Flags, Signs, and Symptoms: When a Neuropsychological Evaluation is Warranted