Early Intervention Therapy

Even small children can have big challenges. Dr. Dakhari has expertise providing therapy for very young children, aged birth to pre-school. Her professional experience has included consulting for a statewide Early Intervention Program, training at A. I. duPont Hospital for Children’s Behavior Consultation Clinic, providing Intensive In-Community (IIC) therapy, and teaching in typical and special-needs daycare settings.Professionals may sometimes question whether it is best to advise caregivers to use a wait-and-see approach, hoping that problems end on their own, or to seek additional help. Research demonstrates that problems typically respond best to intervention services when they are provided as early as possible. Infants and toddlers may at times present with unique problems such as biting, sleep difficulties, developmental delay, tantrums, and daycare challenges. Early intervention helps to lessen the negative effects and prevent additional problems from developing. Dr. Dakhari welcomes your questions about early childhood development and therapeutic services.

Psychological and Psycho-educational Testing

Psychology has a long tradition of scientific research and observation aimed to better understand human behavior and personality. This research has contributed to the development of a variety of measures used to assess our functioning. The following indicate a sample of the array of our assessment services:• Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
• Behavioral Disorders
• Emotional Disorders
• Executive Functioning
• Intellectual (Cognitive) Ability
• Learning Disorders
• Memory Functioning

Onsite Teacher Consultation & Classroom Observation

We are available for classroom observations, consultations with Child Study Teams, individual teachers, or groups of teachers regarding students who are exhibiting challenging behaviors. Once interventions are developed, we are also available to assist with providing feedback and to assist with modifications to achieve a successful plan.

Educational Workshops and Training Seminars

Suggested topics may include (but are not limited to):• Anxiety in the classroom
• Sensitivity training for peers
• Managing disruptive behaviors
• …please let us know other topics of interest to you

Therapy and Medically Related Concerns

Children and adolescents with a medical condition face the double task of coping with their individual childhood development as well as coping with their medical or chronic illness. Dr. Dakhari has extensive experience helping children and adolescents with medically related concerns. She has worked at hospitals including the Duke University Medical Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University’s School of Medicine Grady Health System, and the A. I. duPont Hospital for Children.Families of a child or adolescent with a medical illness encounter special circumstances in which they may need to navigate the sometimes confusing and overwhelming environment of the medical world. Dr. Dakhari’s expertise as a Pediatric Psychologist can help your child or adolescent reduce the fear associated with hospital or medical procedures, learn more about his or her medical illness, learn and incorporate coping strategies, practice pain management, educate teachers and classmates about the illness, and improve medication compliance. Dr. Dakhari will gladly consult with schools and organizations to help provide comprehensive services for children.