Our Services for Children and Adolescents

  • Common issues in children and adolescents
    • Learning Disability (such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia)
    • Depression
    • Anxiety & Phobias
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Reactive Attachment Disorder
    • Trauma-Stress-Related Disorders
    • Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders
    • Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorder
    • Eating Disorders
    • Grief and Bereavement
    • School refusal 
    • Conduct problems
    • Low self-esteem
    • Socialisation difficulties such as extreme shyness, withdrawal and isolation, and peer bullying
    • Other mental health issues
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  • Assessment and Intervention for Children & Adolescents

    We try our best to understand the child or adolescent’s dysfunctional condition before establishing the diagnosis (if any).

    We offer the following assessments:

    • Intelligence test
    • Achievement test
    • Dyslexia screening test
    • ADHD test
    • Autism test
    • Depression test
    • Anxiety test
    • Self-esteem test
    • Other tests
    • Psychotherapies: Psychotherapy is a commonly used therapy since it provides a safe haven for the child or adolescent to talk about the problems. It is a collaborative treatment which is based on the relationship between the child/adolescent and the therapist. There will be directive and non-directive dialogues to obtain a clearer view of the situation. Some examples of psychotherapy include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and more.
    • Therapeutic Play Therapy: A form of therapy used primarily for children because children may not be able to process their emotions and articulate problems. Children can learn new coping mechanisms and ways to redirect inappropriate behaviours through playing. While it may appear like ordinary playtime, play therapy can be much more than that. The therapist uses playtime to observe and gain insights into the child’s problems, and then help the child to explore emotions and deal with the unresolved stressors.
    • Sand Tray Therapy: In sand tray therapy, figurines such as people, animals, buildings, objects, and nature are provided. The child or the adolescent will choose those that he or she feels connected to and use them within the sand tray. This therapy allows the child or the adolescent to create and project his or her inner world, expressed by the interactions of the figurines and the embellishment of the sand.
    • Expressive Arts Therapy: Expressive arts therapy allows children and the adolescents to freely express their feelings using any form of arts such as drawing, painting, music, journaling, or dancing. The purpose of expressive arts therapy is not to create a “beautiful” or “perfect” piece of art, but rather, serves as a medium for children and adolescents. The child or the adolescent will explore their reactions, responses, and insights from the art forms produced together with the therapist. Hence, the child or the adolescent is able to process their thoughts and feelings that are deeply hidden.
    • Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy: Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy centres on helping children and parents to work collaboratively to achieve homeostasis in their relationships. The therapist helps family members to understand each other, change dysfunctional behaviours and improve their relationships. Satir’s therapy also aims to recognise each individual’s virtues and build upon these virtues.
    • Mindfulness Self-compassion Therapy: Mindfulness refers to the ability of an individual to be aware of any experiences from one moment to the next. It also refers to being aware of the present moment, exploring and understanding emotion without prejudice. Self-compassion refers to the ability to comfort oneself in times of hardship, and to motivate oneself when faced with challenges. Through mindfulness self-compassion therapy, the child and the adolescent will increase the sense of awareness of self, others, and the environment, and eventually will strengthen self-worthiness.
    • Mindful Parenting & Behavioural Modification: Mindful parenting enables parents to be fully present with their children, free from distractions, not being judgemental. Mindful parenting can help parents to attune to their children’s deeper needs in a loving way. Mindful parenting creates an opportunity for parents to response appropriately towards their children. In addition, through behaviour modification techniques, parents learn to modify their children’s misbehaviours.
    • Social Skills Training: Social Skills Training helps children and adolescents who are deficient in communication, friendship, and problem solving. It can be carried out either in an individual session or in a group. For further information on the group social skills programme, go to Ding Social Programme for Children and Adolescents.
    • Anger Management: Children and adolescents are taught to identify the stressors that trigger the anger. The therapist will share ways to control and manage anger appropriately.
    Ding Dyslexia Programme and Ding Remedial English Programme help individuals especially children and adolescents to alleviate reading and writing difficulties.
  • “Mindful parenting is the hardest job on the planet, but it’s also one that has the potential for the deepest kinds of satisfactions over the life span, and the greatest feelings of interconnectedness, community and belonging.”
    – Emeritus Professor Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn