Child Support

We can help your child deal with the challenges they are facing and take full advantage of the opportunities offered by an international upbringing.

Types of support:

Behaviour observations

Before recommending any form of therapy or support, it may be useful for us to watch your child at home or school. This will enable us to better understand what is causing and maintaining your child’s behaviour and so help us to provide you or your child’s teachers with more targeted recommendations.

Psycho-educational assessments

The reason for your child’s struggles may not be immediately clear; do they have learning difficulties, problems settling into a new school, difficulties making friends? An assessment can give us insights into your child’s problem so that we can recommend the right course of action.

What is a psychological assessment?

The assessment can take various forms, depending on your child’s needs. We may:

  • Meet you to discuss your parenting style or your child’s developmental history
  • Observe your child at home or at school
  • Meet with your child to understand their perspective
  • Ask you to fill in a behavioural questionnaire
  • Suggest you meet with our colleagues from the Child Assessment Group who can provide more specialised help

What happens next?

We use the results of the psychological assessment to personalise our approach to your child and suggest the most appropriate trajectory.

Play therapy

We use play therapy to help child deal with a number of challenging situations such as dealing with an international move or other transitions, working with your child in their own language – through play. But it is more than simply playing: it is play with a purpose. It is guided by the need to solve a specific problem or to work through an issue and reach a goal.

Parenting sessions are an integral part of play therapy for two reasons:

  1. First, they help us translate what the child may be ‘saying’ through their play so we can provide more targeted interventions.
  2. Second, they help you reflect on your parenting and answer questions about how your parenting styles may affect the situation and what you can do to support your child to reach the desired outcome.

Social Skills 4 Kids

Children who need a little encouragement to express themselves socially or emotionally may benefit from our Social Skills 4 Kids group course. During this 7-week course your child can practice a variety of social and emotional skills with other children to help them approach social situations with more confidence.

Individual behaviour training

Is there a specific skill or skill-set that your child has yet to master? Skills such as toilet training, their attention span, naming colours or tying shoelaces?

If so, our individual behaviour training may be the right approach. This is how we go about it.

  1. First we set general goals – what do we want to achieve?
  2. We then break the goal down into smaller steps or milestones that your child can focus on.
  3. We challenge your child to reach each milestone one at a time, eventually attaining their goal.
  4. Your child may practice their new skill during the session with us or we set up a training scheme for you to work on at home.

Applied behaviour analysis

For more complex problems we may use a method called Applied Behaviour Analysis. This method is a specific, very structured and intensive form of behaviour training whereby we target multiple skills at once.

Cognitive behaviour therapy

Your child may need some help in dealing competently with their emotions or in finding the right way to solve specific problems. One of the methods we may use is cognitive behavioural therapy which has proven to be useful in improving mental health. We use it to challenge unhelpful thoughts and beliefs a child has about themselves or their situation.

Contact Us

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+31 (0)6 44 35 81 81

Koninginnegracht 101, 2514 AL, Den Haag

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