Before beginning treatment at A Child’s Haven (ACH), Kory went through a lot in his first two years. His mother and father divorced, leaving Kory to live between two different houses with no sort of routine. During one of Kory’s wellness checks, he began having a meltdown which escalated to aggressive kicking toward the doctor. The pediatrician knew about the divorce and asked if Kory had these outbursts often. His mother, Tina, admitted that the tantrums had worsened over the last few months but she thought it was normal toddler behavior.

The pediatrician explained to Tina that some tantrums are normal, but not on this scale. She then told Kory’s mother about ACH and how our three core services could help their family. A few days later, Tina called ACH and set up an intake appointment. During the intake interview, Kory exhibited the same behaviors with the Child and Family Therapist. Tina told the therapist that Kory had been doing this for a few months and every time she tries to get him to stop, it gets worse. ACH staff reassured Tina that she was doing her best as a newly single parent and our team would help her and Kory grow and learn together. 

During Kory’s first month at ACH, when he became agitated the clinical team focused on redirecting him rather than getting him to stop the behavior. Kory went to another part of the room by himself, or with a treatment provider, taking him out of the upsetting situation so he could begin calming down.

At Tina and Kory’s first Family Therapy / Home Visit, their Child and Family Therapist told her about this technique and offered some extra strategies to try at home. Tina was skeptical but willing to try. She ended up calling the therapist later that week to share that Kory was still having some rough outbursts, but she was amazed that most of the time, she could calm Kory down before he became uncontrollable. 

After a year with ACH, Kory discharged from our facility to attend his local daycare. During their final assessment, Tina talked about how much Kory had changed and couldn’t believe he was the same child. She was looking forward to using the parenting skills she learned at ACH as they moved into the next chapter of their lives.

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** Names and a few details have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients.

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