Do you lose things a lot? Have a hard time completing a task? Start projects and never finish them? Struggle to sit still during meetings or other activities?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) first appears in childhood but, for many reasons, it sometimes isn't recognized until individuals are older. If you have noticed these symptoms in yourself or other people in your life have suggested that you may have ADHD, an evaluation may be beneficial.
There is no single test that will tell you if you have ADHD. At Oakley Psychological Associates, our adult ADHD evaluations look at not only if someone has the symptoms of ADHD, but if there are other challenges that may be contributing to their symptoms like anxiety or depression. We customize our evaluations based on each person’s presenting symptoms and concerns. Our goal is to help you find an appropriate intervention strategy to help you be as effective as possible in your everyday life. Dr. Kohlman specializes in adult ADHD evaluations and has immediate availability.
Parenting is hard and we often find ourselves feeling alone and isolated. Our parenting support and discussion group will give parents of children struggling with social/emotional regulation, learning differences, and executive functioning issues an opportunity to meet and connect. Facilitated groups will meet twice a month and can be attended on a drop-in basis.
Groups will $20 for a drop-in session or $160 for the 8-group session. We will post the discussion topic schedule prior to group beginning in July.
Please take a brief survey about which discussion topics would be of interest to you or to find out more information.
The purpose of the social regulation and cognition group is to provide a fun, non-threatening way for children to explore social cognition concepts and increase their knowledge of social expectations, their own behavior, and how to modify their behaviors with self-regulation and self-monitoring strategies. Throughout the group, children are taught to recognize social cues/rules and how to regulate their behavior using flexible thinking. Sessions explore ways to increase awareness of the child's social behaviors, and strategies for self-monitoring and modifying behavior.
Parents/caregivers will be provided with information about what the kids do in each group and work with them on fun assignments they can do at home to reinforce the skills learned in group.
The 8-week group is $320 and may be covered by insurance. Please note that we need at least 4 children to run a group and may postpone starting if there are not enough participants. Groups will be on Tuesdays or Thursday evenings and organized by age.
Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) is a parent-based treatment program for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and related problems. SPACE was developed by Dr. Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center and has been tested and found to be effective in randomized controlled clinical trials. SPACE aims to treat children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Although children do not have to attend SPACE sessions - they are the patients! When SPACE treatment is successful, children feel less anxious and function better following treatment. SPACE is effective with a variety of anxiety related issues, including:
Parents who participate in SPACE will learn skills and tools to help their child overcome anxiety, OCD or related problems. SPACE is a powerful intervention because it focuses on changes that parents can make to their own behavior - they do not need to make their child change. The two main changes that parents learn to make in SPACE treatment are to respond more supportively to their anxious child and to reduce the accommodations they have been making to the child symptoms. SPACE is time limited, typically about 12 sessions, and can be done individually, in groups, and via telehealth.