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A Better Chance

A Better Chance is a program for infants and children who were exposed to drugs and/or alcohol before birth as well as those who have been impacted by parental substance abuse.  These infants/children are considered at high risk for difficulties in their development.  They may have problems with how they grow, think, talk and move.  Behavior problems are often present.  Due to the special circumstances of these children, families and caregivers may experience increased concerns, stress, frustration and feelings of isolation.  It is our belief that by working with the infants, children and their families from a very early age, the risk and potential difficulties can be reduced.  Through involvement in A Better Chance, the outcome for the infants/children and their families is expected to be better and brighter.

For Additional Information & Services Contact

Sarah Smith at 405-271-5700 ext 45173

sarah-smith@ouhsc.edu

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Child Guidance

Child Guidance offers developmental and autism screening, as well as offering speech/language/hearing and behavioral consultation, evaluation and therapy including PCIT, TF-CBT and more. Parenting classes, speakers for groups, parenting support groups and individual consultation are provided. Also, through this clinic, child care mental health consultation, and resource and referral services are available for families and child care providers.

For More Information on Child Development Contact

Robyn Sears, M.S., CCPS, CFLE, at (405) 271-5700, ext 31233

Kalyn Murphy, M.S., at (405) 271-5700, ext 45631

 

For More Information on Behavioral Health Contact

Jennifer Thomas, M.A., LPC, (405) 271-5700, ext 42194

 

For More Information on Speech/Language Pathology Contact

Tracy Goebel, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, at (405) 271-5700, ext 30850

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Jumpstart

The Jumpstart Autism/Developmental clinic provides comprehensive, half-day interdisciplinary evaluations for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental concerns. With an emphasis on early evaluation and intervention, the Jumpstart interdisciplinary team primarily evaluates children age 6 and under. Referrals to the Jump Start Developmental Clinic may be made by physicians, parents, guardians, child welfare workers, teachers, school professionals, counselors, social workers and other health care professionals.

For Additional Information on Jumpstart Contact

Shawn Gable (405) 271-5700 ext 45126

To Inquire About JumpStart Clinical Services Contact

Child Study Center (405) 271-5700

PSB

problematic sexual behavior

Some sexual play among young children, such as playing doctor or looking at private parts, may be considered normal. However, some sexual behaviors are inappropriate and potentially harmful to children. For example, some children display intrusive, aggressive, or coercive sexual behaviors. There isn’t one type of child who develops problematic sexual behavior. Both boys and girls can have problematic sexual behavior. The Assessment and Treatment Program for Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior serves families of children with problematic sexual behavior. Many youngsters with problematic sexual behavior can be helped with outpatient treatment from 12 to 32 weeks. They can live at home and attend school and other activities without jeopardizing the safety of other children. Even better, most of these children do not continue to have sexual behavior problems into adolescence and adulthood. Programs are available for preschoolers (ages 3 to 6 years) and school-age children (ages 7 to 14 years) and their caregivers. Caregivers (parents, foster parents, grandparents) also must participate in the program.

 

They learn:

• To distinguish normal from problematic sexual behaviors in children

• Appropriate responses to children’s sexual behaviors

• Ways to prevent problematic sexual behavior

• Effective responses to other behavioral problems

 

Our assessment and therapy services are provided without cost to the family. We even have an adaption for PCIT for children with problematic sexual behavior (PCIT-PSB).

 

For Additional Information & Services Contact

Cara Fraley, at (405) 271-5700, ext 30723

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selective mutism

Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder in which a child can speak perfectly fluently in certain comfortable and familiar settings, but suffers debilitating anxiety in other situations that renders them unable to speak.  ​SM does not discriminate – children of all classes, races, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds may develop this severe anxiety disorder. Many times, it is misidentified as a speech/language disorder or a developmental disability because the discovery of a child’s inability to speak in certain situations is often noticed when a child begins to be verbal around 3 to 4 years of age. As such, many school-aged children are placed in special education classes because they are unable to verbalize their knowledge by reading aloud or participating in class. For this reason, the actual occurrence of SM is most likely more frequent than what statistics report. SM is a serious condition, as common as autism, but most people are unaware it exists. SM is more than "shyness;" shy children tend to warm up when they become used to a new situaiton, while children suffering from SM often become more anxious and avoidant over time without treatment.

For Additional Information & Services Contact

Shawna Standiford, M.Ed., LPC at 405-271-5700 ext 42679

selectivemutismokc.com

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trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy

The OU Children's Physicians Child Trauma Services Program serves the mental health needs of trauma-exposed youth and families.  The Child Trauma Services Program specializes in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), a short-term, evidence-based treatment shown to reduce trauma-related distress in youth.  

TF-CBT Teaches:

  • Common effects of trauma on youth and families

  • Healthy ways to handle feelings

  • How to reduce stress

  • Skills for managing and reducing upsetting memories

  • How caregivers can support youth after stressful and traumatic events

  • Ways to reduce youth behavior problems

  • Ways to strengthen family relationships

For Additional Information & Services Contact

Amanda Mitten, M.A., LPC, at 405-271-5700, ext 45149

www.oklahomatfcbt.org