Our Services for Children and 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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  • Therapies & 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 since it provides a safe haven 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, based 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 appear like 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 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 (EAT) allows the child the adolescent to freely express their feelings using any art form: 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 art forms produced. The purpose of EAT is not to create a “beautiful” or “perfect” piece of art, but rather, serves as a medium for the child and adolescent to explore what they are unaware of and communicate their unexpressed feelings.
    • Satir’s Transformational Systemic Therapy: Satir’s Transformational Systemic Therapy (TST) centres 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 resolve their disputes. Satir’s TST also aims to recognise an individual’s virtues and build upon these virtues during the sessions.
    • Mindful Self-compassion: Mindfulness refers to the ability of an individual to be aware of any experiences from one moment to the next and 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. 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 enables parents to be fully present with their children, free from distractions or being judgemental, 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 and 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 given by the therapist.
    • Social Skills Training: Social Skills Training will help the child and adolescent who are deficient or lacking in certain social skills, such as communication ineffectiveness, shyness, bullying, being left out, withdrawal and isolation, and other essential skills to blend and mix in society. It can be undertaken either in a group session or an individual session. For further information on the 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 manage a stressful event that could 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