Psychology: It is important to incorporate psychology into the P.A.C.E.S. model of providing comprehensive services. Psychologists are equipped to evaluate and diagnose developmental and behavioral concerns that parents may have. These diagnoses are a requirement for access to continued therapeutic interventions and very important in the availability of such services. Additionally, the psychologist provides individualized treatments such as pivotal response treatment (PRT) which is a behavioral intervention used to treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as children with a variety of other psychological and developmental concerns.
Psychology services can also be useful in providing support in the following areas:
●IEP support for families navigating the public-school system
●Social skills training
●Parent training of therapeutic interventions
●Collaboration with psychiatrist or pediatricians on medication concerns
●Assistance in integrating techniques from Speech therapy, Occupational therapy, and other medical professionals
Psychology brings these services together under one roof, making it an integral part of the collaborative approach of P.A.C.E.S.
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