Dr. Stephanie Child, PsyD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
Skills-Based Behavior Therapy
Parent Training and Support
Dr. Child is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral degree from Argosy University with a concentration in Children and Families. She has provided services in public and private schools, outpatient settings, and homes. She has a wide variety of supervision and clinical experience, including conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessments, parent training, and individual and group therapy. She specializes in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other developmental, emotional, and/or behavioral disorders. Dr. Child has worked with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders across the age span since 2002, from Early Intervention to young adults in transition programs. She has unique experience in working with children with developmental disabilities and co-morbid mental health diagnoses, including those with anxiety, depression, and/or trauma histories.
Dr. Child spent over 13 years at the May Institute as a clinical director, where she met Dr. Bennett in 2008. Dr. Child provided mentorship to Dr. Bennett about compassionate Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the treatment of children with ASD and self-injurious behavior. At the May Institute, Dr. Child supervised and trained Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and behavior technicians in conducting and implementing Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), behavior plans, and other behavioral interventions for students with ASD with and without intellectual disabilities. She supervised individual and group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and consultation services, as well as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). More recently, Dr. Child supervised clinical and behavioral services at ACCEPT Educational Collaborative for students with ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, and/or trauma histories (ages 4-22). She served as the program’s clinical coordinator, and eventually the Director of Student Services, providing supervision and training to all clinical and school staff.
Dr. Child currently works part-time at Bennett Assessment and Behavior Center for Children, providing CBT and TF-CBT to children and adolescents (ages 5-15) with ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, trauma histories, social skill difficulties, executive functioning skill deficits, and other emotional and/or behavioral disorders. She uses a developmentally appropriate approach to teach children of all abilities to identify their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as to identify and modify maladaptive patterns of thinking that can lead to negative emotions. Additionally, Dr. Child teaches children to utilize a wide-range of coping skills and express their thoughts and feelings in more socially appropriate ways. Through this frame-work, the children build confidence, become more flexible throughout their daily routine, and learn how to better self-regulate at home and school. Dr. Child believes that the relationship between a therapist and child, and a therapist and family, is critical for a successful outcome. She provides a supportive and positive environment for children and families to share and grow together. Dr. Child provides parent coaching and support to help children generalize skills learned in therapy to the home and community. She also helps families utilize positive reinforcement techniques and behavioral intervention to facilitate more adaptive and flexible behavior.
Like Dr. Bennett, Dr. Child believes in understanding the “whole child” and uses a family-oriented treatment approach that is tailored to the unique needs and strengths of each child and parent. She is dedicated to providing a supportive, nurturing, and positive space for children and families to grow. She is a strong advocate for children, and partners with each family in the treatment process. Her goal is to provide supportive, high quality, evidence-based intervention, in order to help children and families set goals, meet their goals, and move towards their fullest potential! The services she offers provide wrap-around support for the children evaluated by Dr. Bennett, and the collaboration between Dr. Child and Dr. Bennett provide high quality and effective continuity of care for the child and their family.