There are many reasons why a child or adolescent finds they and their family are struggling to cope. The young person may have experienced a particularly stressful event or they may have an undiagnosed mental health problem, learning disability or intellectual disability.
In general, when a child's problems do not resolve within a reasonable time-frame or when the degree of difficulty they are experiencing is interfering with their normal development or overall enjoyment of life, psychological intervention is recommended.
Dr. Moss can work with the young person and their caregivers to help determine which factors are most relevant to what may have triggered and is maintaining a problem. If psychological support is indicated, a plan can then be devised for further assessment or the most appropriate intervention.
If a young person is struggling academically, Dr. Moss can formally assess the young person’s profile of intellectual and academic abilities. As well as identifying any specific learning disabilities or developmental disabilities, a psychological assessment can identify the young person’s learning style. This assessment can be a valuable source of information to assist in planning appropriate interventions and inform academic programming in the school or college.
Treatment options may include parental guidance counselling, individual therapy for the child or teen, family therapy, or a combination of these approaches. Specific working memory training may be indicated following an assessment to help the young person with their learning challenges and/or attention/hyperactivity difficulties. Learn more about this by visiting our COGMED pages.
At a parent’s request, Dr. Moss may also provide information or consultation to other caregivers, educators, or health care providers involved in supporting the young person.
Clinical Psychologists are not licensed to prescribe medication nor provide recommendations on the most appropriate medication for individuals. They can work alongside medical doctors regarding particular clinical presentations which may benefit from medication, but it is ultimately up to you and your prescribing doctor to decide whether medication would be appropriate to assist your child.
Dr. Moss is trained to deal with the following difficulties of childhood and adolescence:
Mood disorders, (anxiety/depression / early onset mental illness), anger control difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), bereavement, difficulties adjusting to parental divorce and separation, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma and abuse, bullying, low self esteem and body image problems, learning disabilities, social skills difficulties, chronic illness, childrens mental health ontario, acquired brain injury, giftedness, intellectual disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorders.