Our Services for Children and Adolescents

  • Our Services for Children & Adolescents

    Issues that we commonly work with children and adolescents include the following:
    • Learning Disability (such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia)
    • Childhood Depression
    • Childhood Anxiety
    • 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 & academic problems
    • Anger and aggression
    • Low self-esteem
    • Socialisation difficulties (such as extreme shyness, withdrawal and isolation, and peer bullying)
    • Other mental health issues
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  • Our Services & Programmes 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 as it provides a safe ground for the child or adolescent to talk about the problem. It is a collaborative treatment which is based on the relationship of the client and the therapist, grounded on dialogue to obtain a clearer view of the situation. Some examples of psychotherapy include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and more.
    • Therapeutic Play Therapy is a form of therapy used primarily for children because children may not be able to process their own emotions or articulate problems to parents or other adults. While it may look like an ordinary playtime, play therapy can be much more than that. Our therapists use playtime to observe and gain insights into the child’s problems, and then help the child to explore emotions and deal with unresolved stressors. Children can learn new coping mechanisms and how to redirect inappropriate behaviours through play.
    • Sand Tray Therapy. In sand tray therapy, figurines such as people, animals, buildings, objects and nature are provided, where the child or adolescent will choose those that he or she feels connected to and to use them within the sand tray. This therapy allows the child or adolescent to create and project his or her inner world, expressed by the interactions of the figurines and the embellishment of the sand.
    • Expressive Art Therapy. Expressive art therapy allows the child the adolescent to freely express using any form of arts: drawing, painting, music, writing, or dancing. The child or adolescent will be able to convey the thoughts and feelings that are deeply hidden and explore their reactions, responses and insights from the arts produced. The purpose of expressive art therapy is not to create a “beautiful” or “perfect” art piece, but it serves as a medium for the child and adolescent to explore what they are unaware of and communicate their unexpressed yearnings.
    • Satir’s Transformational Systemic Therapy. Satir’s Transformational Systemic Therapy focuses on helping children and parents to work collaboratively to achieve homeostasis in their relationships. The therapist helps family members to understand each other better, change damaging behaviours and sort out their disputes. Satir’s therapy also aims to recognise individual’s virtues and build on these virtues during the sessions.
    • Mindful Self-compassion. Mindfulness refers to the ability of one to be aware of any experience from moment-to-moment. It 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 facing with challenges. By combining both mindful and self-compassion, the therapy aims to help the child and adolescent to use the sense of awareness of self, others and the environment and to strengthen self-worthiness.
    • Mindful Parenting & Behavioural Modification. Mindful parenting allows parents to be fully present with their children, free from distractions or being judgmental, so that they can attune to their child’s deeper needs, and respond to him or her in an appropriate and loving way. Mindful parenting creates an opportunity to be more responsive and more productive, as well as being less in auto-pilot mode and less overwhelmed. Couple with positive behaviour modification techniques, parents will learn to modify their children’s misbehaviours from the guidance by the therapist.
    • Social Skills Training. Social Skills Training will be able to help the child and adolescent who are lacking in certain social skills, such as communication ineffectiveness, shyness, bullying, being left out, withdrawal and isolation, and other essential skills to mingle in the society. It can be done either in a group session or an individual session. For further information on group social skills programme, go to Ding Social Programme for Children and Adolescents.
    • Anger Management. During the therapy, the child and adolescent will be able to identify the stressors that triggers the anger. The therapist will share and teach some steps in which the child and adolescent will be able to control and manage his or her anger appropriately, without allowing the anger to take control.
    • Stress Inoculation Therapy. Stress Inoculation Therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which the therapist will inoculate, or prepare, the child and adolescent to handle stressful event that might arise in the future. Children and adolescents will learn to increase their resilience in dealing with stressors independently.
    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