Children don’t come with instruction manuals. And even the best parenting advice may not be useful for the often challenging children that are brought to Chesapeake. Our children are often struggling with impulsivity, low frustration tolerance, emotional overreactions, forgetfulness and procrastination – all of which can be very challenging for their parents. At Chesapeake, we provide parent coaching – both on an individual and group basis – to teach parents the most effective tools to become more effective parents to their challenging children.
We offer ADHD-friendly parent training classes and family therapy to help parents become constructive problem-solvers, to help them build a positive, supportive relationship with their child, and to help them reduce the number of parent-child conflicts and emotional explosions on the part of their child.
Our goal is to teach parents how to create an ADHD-friendly home and family — children with ADHD have the opportunity to be successful and to reach their potential when their home and school environments are designed to be ADHD-friendly. We often refer children with ADHD and their parents to ADHD-coaches and professional organizers affiliated with the center. These professionals can help to create ADHD-friendly daily habits, develop more efficient, effective ways to get homework done and create pleasant, organized spaces — bedroom, playroom and study space — that will help your child feel more organized and focused.
Chesapeake offers parental supervision for high conflict contentious divorce and separation cases. Many times during high conflict divorce and child custody proceedings, there may be a court order requiring that one or both parents be monitored by a professional who can supervise the interactions amongst the parent(s) or said, child or children.
In many cases, supervision is required by a professional who understands the nature of the parent-child relationship, parental alienation, and child abuse as well as familiarity with the necessary legal reporting to the judge and attorneys. Certainly, this supervision is necessary to provide for the safety of not only the child but the visiting parent as well.
Supervision can be provided in a variety of arenas including the home or various entities outside of the home including the park, sporting events, the shopping mall or the supervisors office. Supervision is an observation of the parents verbal, physical and non verbal communication. The parental supervisor is there to intercede if there is negative communication or to provide supportive advice for the parent or child should the situation require such.
Unless otherwise requested, this is a non clinical intervention supported by a licensed clinician with expertise in the field of parent child communication, high conflict / contentious divorce or separation, suspected child abuse or neglect, and parent/child reunification.
Parent supervision is often required when one or both parents have:
- Proof of physical abuse,
- Fear of possible parental abduction,
- Drug or alcohol abuse,
- A diagnosis of mental illness,
- Past inappropriate or feared sexual behavior
- Proof of emotional abuse