Help for You and Your Child
Needless to say, the families who come to Seven Stars have been through a lot. They have seen many competent professionals, but the right combination of solutions has not been found. That is not a criticism of professionals, but really a reflection of how very complicated the challenges are that these families and students face.
What is needed is a more comprehensive understanding of the particular strengths and weaknesses of each child, struggling with learning disorders, executive function disorders and/or on the autism spectrum. This is often not possible through outpatient providers and disconnected professionals. Each professional sees the child through their own lens; in their office and in isolation from the rest of life.
What is needed is an intense, 24/7, multidisciplinary and united approach to understanding what is going on. Comprehensive observation and assessment within a variety of contexts and challenges is necessary. Each student is an individual with unique strengths and weaknesses. Until we understand those unique strengths and needs, the frustration and concern continues to build.
What is needed is a program like Seven Stars
By this time, the parents of Seven Stars’ students are savvy consumers of mental health and medical health care. They might be skeptical because of the disappointment and frustration they have experienced. They have heard all of the diagnoses but no one has been able to make it make sense to them yet. Our parents might be skeptical about diagnosis and it’s relative importance. They just want someone to truly take the time to get to know their child and provide them with clear recommendations and a coherent strategy for treatment.
Parents wrestle with their own fear and even denial. They might worry that their expectations for their child need to change. They are fearful for their child’s future.
Give us a call
Whether diagnosed to date with learning disorders, executive function disorders and/or on the autism spectrum, get to know Seven Stars. Ask lots of questions. Check us out. See if we might be a good option for your child.
At Seven Stars, our mission is to treat each student individually. To get to know them. To provide as much clarity and understanding as we can for each child’s difficulties and disorders – learning disorders, executive function disorders and/or on the autism spectrum. We believe our students are struggling because they are falling behind and lagging in life skills. We believe our students will benefit most from a supportive, encouraging, skill-building approach. We focus on identifying and utilizing strengths to overcome and work around weaknesses and needs.
We think you will see that we are open-minded and we are focused on understanding each child as a whole human being. So while diagnostic clarification is an important part of what we do, it is only part.
We focus on understanding the whole child, doing very sophisticated formal assessments and very dynamic “functional” assessment. This functional assessment involves observation in a variety of contexts and challenges so we can see how each student responds to academic, social, classroom, physical, emotional and behavioral challenges.
As I tell this story — a manifesto as a colleague has joked — I often find parents nodding their heads and saying “Yes, that is my child.” I understand the sense of relief parents feel which replaces their fear and frustration. You are not alone. We are here to help your child. And your family.
Thanks for your interest. I hope to hear from you soon to help your family put a plan in place.
Dr. Gordon L. Day