Navigating our social world can be difficult. Sometimes our children and adolescents need support and direct instruction to develop stronger social skills.
With the help of a psychologist or clinical assistant, we can:
- Identify areas of need to target in individual or group therapy sessions
- Teach and practice skills in a positive, therapeutic environment
- Increase social skills helping children or adolescents become:
- More self-confidence
- An increase in self esteem
- Development of more positive interpersonal relationships
Watch as Leslie Speer, PhD, BCBA, COBA, NCSP, our Clinical Director, discusses the importance of sibling support in a home with neurodiverse and neurotypical children.
The term executive functioning encompasses many skills, including working memory, flexible thinking, and self-regulation.
Impairments in executive functioning can impact your child in many aspects of their day and across various settings.
Many children and adolescents benefit from identifying areas of difficulty and developing compensatory strategies to assist them in meeting their day to day demands.
They often just need to find what systems and strategies work for them. Our psychologist and clinical assistants can help them do just that.
Life can be overwhelming at times. Our children experience a wide range of emotions that they are not always equipped to understand and manage.
That is why it is so important that we help them learn to identify their emotions and develop a wide range of coping strategies. Our children do not come with a manual. So, often parents welcome support and psychoeducation around their child’s emotional development and how to foster the development of coping skills in their children.
Our psychologist and clinical assistants can support the whole family in identifying what strategies work best for your child and family to increase emotional regulation and make life feel just a little more manageable.
When a sibling has a brother or sister who learns differently, the sibling can experience a wide range of emotions, including anger, happiness, resentment, acceptance, and guilt. They are often fiercely protective of their sibling. Even if the sibling has a strong social support system, this can be a lot for them to carry and process.
Siblings often benefit from having a safe, neutral place to process their emotions and experiences. It can be especially empowering for them to meet other children who have siblings with learning differences, someone who really gets it and shares similar experiences.
Our team at Frazier Behavioral Health can help siblings with processing their feelings and foster positive sibling relationships in both individual and group sessions.
Leslie Speer, Ph.D., BCBA, COBA, NCSP
Leslie Speer is a licensed psychologist, board certified behavior analyst, and a nationally certified school psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her areas of expertise include the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan, parent and teacher training, school consultation, and community education. Dr. Speer previously served as the Program Director of the Autism Spectrum Evaluation Team (ASET) at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism. As Program Director, Leslie oversaw and coordinated multidisciplinary evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Speer also coordinated a sibling clinic, medication monitoring clinic, and parent support groups, as well as offered consultation services regarding behavioral difficulties, treatment planning for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, school difficulties, and advocating for students’ needs in the classroom/school. After ten years on staff at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Speer transitioned to a staff position at MetroHealth within the MetroHealth Autism Assessment Clinic (MAAC). At this time Dr. Speer also began her private practice, joining Meghan Barlow and Associates, with a continued emphasis on the evaluation of autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. She remained in these positions until joining the Quadrant Biosciences and Frazier Behavioral Health team.
Our clinicians are in-network with Aetna, Anthem, CareSource, Cigna Evernorth, Cigna Medical, Cleveland Clinic Employee Health Plan, Independent Health, Medical Mutual, Meritian, Molina, OH Medicaid, Optum, Oscar, Tricare, United Healthcare Community Plan, and United Healthcare for ABA and Psychology. We will contact your insurance provider for prior authorization to determine your out-of-pocket costs due at the time of your appointment.