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Treatment for Behavioral, Cognitive, and Developmental Issues in Children and Adolescents

Treatment services at KishHealth Child Development Clinic in Sycamore begin with an initial intake appointment with the clinician. During this time, the clinician gains information about your child, discusses concerns you may have, and establishes overall treatment goals. At the end of the appointment, the clinician provides you with some initial impressions regarding the course and focus of treatment.

Treatment at KishHealth Child Development Clinic is available in three different settings: individual, family, and group.


During individual treatment, the clinician meets individually with the child/adolescent to work on treatment goals developed during the initial meeting. The clinician usually meets with parents/caregivers at the end of the appointment to discuss progress and any home-based practice assigned as part of treatment.

Some areas that may be addressed include:

  • Coping skills
  • Managing strong emotions
  • Peer relationships
  • Reducing feelings of nervousness/anxiety
  • Conflict resolution/problem-solving skills


In a family treatment setting, the clinician meets with child(ren)/parents to work on treatment goals developed during the initial meeting. Some areas that may be addressed include:

  • Strategies to help improve family dynamics and parent-child relationships
  • Anger, conflict resolution/problem-solving skills
  • Developmentally appropriate discipline strategies
  • Communication skills
  • Relationship enhancing strategies


During group treatment, the clinician meets with a group of children to work on similar areas/skills identified in the initial appointment, such as:

  • Initiating conversations with peers
  • Joining in groups
  • Complimenting others

Each week, there is typically a topic discussed with in-session practice of the skill, and weekly “homework” is usually given so the child can practice the skill at home, in school, or in a community setting. Parents are included as part of the treatment to help support children in applying the skills they’ve learned.

The KishHealth Child Development Clinic offers groups designed to help improve social skills and promote positive peer interactions for children ages 6-9. Our groups are ongoing and typically run on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 pm for 8-week sessions.

Examples of skills that may be targeted during group treatment include:

  • Using appropriate nonverbal behavior
  • Starting and keeping a conversation going
  • Improving good social behaviors 

Contact Us

To learn more or to make an appointment with a licensed child psychologist in Sycamore, call 815.748.8334.

In the event of a crisis after hours, call 800.373.3327. A counselor will be paged immediately.


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