Counselling for those with Special Needs

Are you looking for a counsellor who understands the uniqueness of your needs or the special needs of your loved ones?  Do you wish for something besides Applied Behavioural Analysis to help deal with emotions, thought and behaviours?  Then you have come to the right place!  Ridge Meadows Counselling provides a unique therapeutic opportunity for those with special needs or  developmental delays. 

In working with those with special needs, I do not use ABA.  I work with the person according to their own needs, capabilities, with a strength-based approach.

What to expect:

For the first visit, I will ask the parent(s)/caregiver(s) to come to the session with the person with special needs.  After this initial session, we will determine is the person is able come on their own. The first session will include some basic paperwork and goal setting.  We will decide together how much the parents/caregivers will be involved in the treatment process.

What will the school think if I pull my child/youth from school?

Most schools and teachers are pleased to know you are being pro-active in finding your child/youth with special needs some extra help.  You are the one who decides what to tell the teachers and school.  You can simply say they have an appointment. 

How long will it take?

I ask that they attend four to six times to start with.  During that time, I will have a good sense of them and the issues.  We will evaluate together and make decisions together on their progress and further goals.

What types of special needs do you have experience with?

I have worked with a great range of people with special needs including:  those with autism, general developmental delays, acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, including those who are non-verbal.  I also have limited ASL

What types of problems do you see in those with special needs?

I have worked with those with special needs with a full range of problems including behavior issues, anger management, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and grief.

What do I do now?

Now that you have some basic information.  Please talk it over with your child or youth with special needs and give me a call:

Mary Stanwood

Ridge Meadows Counselling

604-283-6318

 

Organizations I have worked with include:

I have worked with a variety of organizations with special needs adults and children including:

  • L’Arche Vancouver 
  • The Spectrum Society for Community Living
  • The Fraser Valley Association for Community Living
  • Self-Design Learning 
  • SPED
  • BC Center for Ability (Brain Injury Program)

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