• Effective and individually tailored treatment methods to increase early intervention success
• Neurodevelopmental integration and “bottom-up”/“ top-down” techniques
• Prioritize developmentally appropriate treatment techniques
• Support parents/caregivers and secure maximum “buy-in”
• Avoid commonly used intervention strategies that can backfire and create roadblocks
Infants, toddlers and young children are being referred to clinicians for a range of conditions including autism spectrum disorder, communication delays, challenging behaviors, and anxiety. These are children having difficulty with emotional regulation, separations, preschool, activities of daily living, and peer interactions. Attend this workshop and discover sound and developmentally-appropriate strategies based on each child’s neurodevelopmental readiness that will change the way you treat young children and their families.
Join Dr. Mona Delahooke for this cutting-edge seminar and learn strategies you can implement immediately with infants, toddlers and young children. Dr. Delahooke will teach you how to customize treatment using “bottom-up” and “top-down” brain integration techniques applicable to a range of early childhood diagnoses including:
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Communication delays
• Challenging behaviors
Through case studies, video examples and interaction with the instructor, you will discover how and when to use specific treatment techniques based on each child’s unique individual profile.
• List the 6 social-emotional Milestones of Axis V of the DC:0-3R.
• Describe how to measure and assess developmental age in order to guide early intervention decisions.
• Define the role of individual differences in customizing treatment techniques for each child and family.
• Identify 3 “bottom-up” and 3 “top-down” techniques for the treatment of challenging behaviors.
• Explain the concept of parallel process and how the quality of relationships builds resiliency in parent and child.
• Demonstrate how to secure maximum “buy-in” from caregivers as they promote growth.
Foundations for Treatment
• Promote brain-body integration
• Developmental vs. chronological age
• A formula for supporting the parent-child relationship
• Best practice guidelines for working with families of young children
• Six social-emotional milestones: Axis V of the DC: 0-3R
• The ABC’s of each therapy session
• Treating functional capacities/challenges across diagnoses:
• Autism spectrum disorder
• Communication delays
• Challenging behaviors
Assess Individual Differences for Treatment Planning
• Understand and categorize each child’s strengths and weaknesses
• Create a treatment profile based on individual differences
• Principles for selecting and customizing treatments
• Work at the child’s developmental level
• Measure treatment effectiveness
Neurodevelopmental Integration: Bottom-Up Techniques
• The secret to successful Early Intervention
• Sensorimotor activities to promote emotional regulation
• Play techniques for pre-symbolic development
• Powerful wordless dialogues
• Non-verbal social problem solving
• Re-enactment of procedural memories
Neurodevelopmental Integration: Top-Down Techniques
• Communicative flow
• Build symbolic bridges
• Use “mind” to control body
• Hybrid play therapy: Top-Down and Bottom-Up
Techniques for Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Behavioral vs. developmental approaches- how to choose
• Floortime® techniques
• ABA techniques
• Hybrid techniques
Techniques for Communication Delays
• Non-verbal communication
• Affect/emotion harnessing techniques
• Promote intentional communication with caregiver
• How to combine words, affect and action
Techniques for Challenging Behaviors
• Determine upstream causes of challenging behaviors
• Use the child’s natural sensory preferences to garner cooperation
• Redefine behaviors as stress responses
• Shift parental perceptions
• Support adaptive responses to emotional dysregulation
Techniques for Anxiety
• Partner with parents
• Emotional co-regulation and modulation strategies
• Build symbolic pathways through story telling
• Explore fears through procedural re-enactment
• Body-based strategies
About the Speaker:
Mona M. Delahooke, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the development of infants, young children, and their families. As an infant mental health specialist, she has worked widely with multi-disciplinary teams, supporting children with developmental or emotional delays for over 20 years. Dr. Delahooke is a senior faculty member and Mental Health Working Group Co-Chair of the Profectum Foundation and core faculty of the Early Intervention Training Institute (EITI) of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. She holds a certificate as an expert DIR clinician and trainer. Currently in private practice in Arcadia, California, Dr. Delahooke trains/consults with parents, preschools, and school districts across the country in the areas of developmental screening, assessment, treatment and early intervention.
Financial: Mona Delahooke maintains a private practice. She is a senior faculty member and Mental Health Working Group Co-Chair of the Profectum Foundation. She is a faculty member of the Early Intervention Training Institute (EITI) of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. Dr. Delahooke receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Mona Delahooke has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.