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Neurodevelopmental Techniques for Early Intervention | Seminar on DVD (5 hours, 46 minutes)
Delahooke, Mona M., PhD
PESI, Inc. / Seminar on DVD / 2014-12-01 / X62410
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• 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.

Speaker Disclosure:

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.

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