Elm Street Placements - January/February 2020

Help Your Kids Achieve More This Year

With Simple and Actionable Goals

With every new year comes an opportunity to reinvent ourselves or start down a new path toward self-improvement. Making resolutions is a big part of many families’ New Year’s traditions, and parents often have a desire for their kids to take part in that tradition when they’re old enough. Following through on resolutions is tough, especially for young children, but with your help, they can achieve their goals.

good resolution might be for them to clean their room once a week or

take responsibility for one household chore every day. DON’T DO ALL THE WORK FOR THEM. While it’s important for you to help your kids formulate their


You are your children’s role model for almost everything, including following through on New Year’s resolutions. So, ask yourself if you follow through on your own resolutions. When you proclaim that you will read more books or finally get a gym membership, do you actually try to do it? Your kids will assign as much importance to New Year’s resolutions as you do, so by sticking to your own commitments, you can help them stay on track too.

goals, be sure that you aren’t taking over. If they’re ultimately

responsible for their resolutions, they’ll feel more compelled to keep them. Instead, suggest different goal areas they could improve, such as home, school, or sports, and let them elaborate. When it comes to creating habits, nobody is perfect, so even if your kids falter on their goals in the middle of February, don’t worry. The important thing is that you continue to encourage them every step of the way.


When your kids are forming their resolutions, their first attempts will probably be very broad. Statements like “I want to be more kind” or “I will try to help more around the house” incorporate good values but don’t include any actionable steps. Help your kids think of tangible ways to act on those goals. For example, if they want to be tidier, a

psychiatrists, clergy members, tutors, coaches, therapists, and any other adults who interact with the student. When it’s appropriate, we meet with the child. This is often done during an observation at school, over lunch, or in our office.

Our dedicated educational and therapeutic consultants have decades of knowledge and experience finding real solutions to help students and young adults thrive. We have the answers to your families’ lingering questions about treatment and care for their child, and it all starts with that first phone call. The first person a family talks to is our office manager, Raegan Freeman. She will explain our procedures, services, and pricing before assigning one of our consultants to the family. The consultant will read school reports, psychological evaluations, behavioral analyses, and other documents that can provide an idea of the client’s strengths and challenges. From there, the consultant will have a 15–30-minute phone call with the family. This is intended to gather a summary of concerns and introductory background information. Next, the family and the consultant will meet. The consultant will continue to gather information about the client and their family. WHAT YOUR FAMILIES CAN EXPECT WITH ELM STREET PLACEMENTS Working With Us

However, sometimes it is not appropriate for us to meet with them. We will work with the family and your team to make this determination. Typically we will meet with young adults as soon as the first office meeting. Not only does this instill agency in young adults, it also helps determine the best type of program so that each client can get their unique needs met. Next, using the information we have gathered from the family and the client’s team, we will use our expertise to identify appropriate therapeutic programming opportunities for the child or young adult. We generate a shortlist of programs we believe are best suited for the client. After a placement is made, we will continue to be available to the client, their families, and your team of experts for continued support and guidance. We’re proud to work with families and care partners to help children and young adults thrive. Collaborate with us today. Call 908-228-2212 or visit ElmStreetPlacements.com to learn more.

Following these initial meetings, the consultant will contact professionals in the client’s life. This involves interviewing teachers,



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