We love our new home at The Emerge Center! Among the many reasons why, one is that the new facility has provided us with the capacity to expand our services. We’re excited to share more details and answer your questions about the growth of our psychology department.
Who Runs The Department?
Our psychology staff consists of two fabulous clinical psychologists Emily Olinde Boudreaux, Ph.D. and Megan Hattier, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow. Both received their doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from LSU and completed their pre-doctoral internships at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
We have also brought on Jessica Langlois, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, to provide guidance through the intake process, parent education, support groups, counseling, and access to resources.
What Kind Of Things Do They Treat?
Along with their team, our psychologists work with children and families to diagnose and treat the following conditions in children from preschool through high school:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Developmental Disabilities
- Behavioral difficulties
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Learning/Academic problems
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Mood Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
What Is Treatment Like For These Kinds Of Conditions?
Naturally, each requires a different kind of treatment. Let’s go over a few of them.
- Feeding Therapy – You may think that children who have difficulties with their eating habits should receive Occupational Therapy. That may be the case, or it could be a more behavioral or psychological struggle. Young children who need feeding therapy exhibit inappropriate mealtime behaviors, limited variety of foods, restricted texture of foods, limited volume intake, poor weight gain, picky eater, bottle/formula dependence, etc. Children are usually seen weekly or bi-weekly based upon severity level.
- Treatment of Challenging Behaviors – These services are for children with behavioral problems, including: self-injury, aggression, property destruction, tantrums, disruptive behaviors, and noncompliance.
- Functional Communication Training – These services are recommended for children who need help with basic communication skills, while also focusing on decreasing problematic behaviors.
- Social Skills Training – This is done in a group setting to help children develop effective social interaction skills. While in a group, children can observe others’ social skills, practice using them, and receive feedback.
- Parent Training – As parents, you are your child’s first teacher, and you represent an important component of your child’s treatment. When you are able to learn the ins and outs of what your child is going through, then you can maintain their progress once they leave Emerge. In both individual and group formats, our psychologists will equip you with the strategies to reinforce therapeutic success at home.
- Educator Consultation – Our psychologists can work with teachers and schools as needed, to ensure your child has the best opportunity to learn.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy – This therapy has a solid research base demonstrating its effectiveness for a variety of psychological disorders including anxiety and depression. Our psychologists can help determine if it would be helpful for your child.
To learn more about our Behavioral Services department, click here.