We take a personal interest in your child’s needs and well-being
Dr. Adler offers a wide range of services to children, teenagers and their families.
Whether you are a parent, grandparent or other relative, you can depend on the Adler Family Centre to provide the highest quality psychological services in Hong Kong.
Our professionalism and philosophical approach go even further in that we treat your child or teen as if he or she is our own child. In other words, we take a personal interest in your child’s needs and well-being.
Therapy and Counselling
For individuals of all ages, we treat the full range of psychological difficulties for children and teens. We have considerable expertise in using a wide range of therapeutic strategies to treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, oppositional behaviour, autism, shyness and other social problems at home and at school as well as difficulties with friendships.
Parents, grandparents and other adults who care for children experience both the joy and satisfaction in helping them become more responsible, independent and caring. However, those who care for children with social-emotional and developmental difficulties often become frustrated despite hard work and dedication. Our parent counselling teaches adults the special skills required to help these children succeed in life. Once these skills are learned, practiced and mastered, children’s behaviour can improve and they develop better relationships with those who care for them.
Family therapy is a highly effective form of treatment to address problems that family members have interacting and communicating with each other. By more successfully resolving conflicts and finding solutions to problems, family members will develop more satisfying and stronger relationships with each other. Family therapy also can address a wide-range of difficulties faced by kids, sometimes even more effectively than individual therapy.
The challenges of intimate relationships can be mastered through engaging in couples counselling. By examining, evaluating and changing beliefs about their relationships, couples can lead more content, satisfying and fulfilling lives together and as individuals and family members.
Group therapy can be a very successful approach to address a wide range of social-emotional difficulties, regardless of the age of the child. There are several ways that group therapy can be helpful. Participating in groups, led by our well-trained and qualified psychologist, can help by:
Psychological Assesments and Educational Consultations
Because social-emotional problems, as well as educational difficulties, are often complicated, a psychological evaluation provides answers that may otherwise be difficult to find.
We interview the child, adolescent or adult for an extended time to understand the problems in-depth and how they influence each other.
The psychological evaluation may also include formal testing, depending on the nature of the difficulties. Sometimes observation of the individual in everyday life (e.g., at school, at home) is included in the evaluation.
The psychological evaluation helps to understand the individual more completely is the best approach to making the recommendations, both for parents and for schools.
Our educational consultation with the parent and, on some occasions, with the school, may be an effective approach to help the child who is struggling academically. The psychologist’s expertise can help both parents and schools develop and implement strategies to improve the child’s learning.
I had been to two other psychologists before my child’s school told me about Dr. Adler. My daughter, who was 7 years old at the time, was refusing to follow simple directions at home, as well as struggling with ADHD. Dr. Adler impressed me from the beginning as both extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. He related very well to my daughter and taught her to change her thinking so that she improved greatly in following my requests. Also, Dr. Adler taught me many approaches to help my daughter accept my directions more consistently. I strongly recommend him to any parents seeking help for their children.
My 12-year-old son was becoming very anxious. The stress of being at a highly competitive school only made his problems worse. Fortunately, I heard through a friend whose daughter had seen Dr. Adler for a similar problem and highly recommended him to treat my son’s anxiety. Dr. Adler not only was caring, he showed a genuine interest in my son’s difficulties. Dr. Adler worked closely with my son, teaching him many strategies that helped him greatly to control his anxious feelings. In addition, Dr. Adler worked with my husband and me, helping us to learn and use behavioral approaches at home to help our son. Dr. Adler clearly is an expert in his field and is unique in that he always demonstrated both a high level of expertise and commitment to his clients.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a diagnosis that describes children who have difficulties with social interaction and communication as well as repetitive types of thinking and behavior. Children with autism spectrum disorder may have developed little language and have great difficulty interacting with others.
Other children with autism spectrum disorder have well-developed language skills but struggle to effectively socialize and communicate with others. Regardless, autism can severely undermine a child’s ability to communicate, develop relationships, share interests with others and succeed in school and other settings.
The Adler Family Centre evaluates children who show signs of autism spectrum disorder. Our team conducts a comprehensive evaluation to clarify your child’s diagnosis and make appropriate, specific recommendations.
First, we meet with you and your child to thoroughly review his or her history and development as well as current problems. Second, a detailed diagnostic interview covers various areas of development and potential areas of concern when it comes to your child’s mental health in general.
Our clinicians are trained to administer the “gold standard” of diagnostic tools, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R).
These tools include questions and activities assessing a wide range of social and communication skills as well as behavior. It is often necessary to also evaluate a child’s cognitive development, basic language skills, motor skills, memory, academic skills and attention.
After completing the diagnostic evaluation, we prepare and write a comprehensive report. Parents are given specific recommendations which may include behavior therapy and educational placement or referrals for related services such as speech-language therapy or occupational therapy.
Child Custody Evaluations
If a court has ordered that you undergo an evaluation for determining custody and/or visitation, you might be worried and upset. The prospect of going to court and appearing before judges, solicitors and barristers is enough to make anybody nervous. Don’t worry. There are ways to navigate this successfully If parents are unable to reach an agreement about custody and/or visitation, the judge may order a forensic evaluation.
A forensic evaluation, also called a custody evaluation, is an objective assessment of the needs of each child and the ability of the parents to meet them. It’s a way of gathering information to help the judge make a decision. The court is trying to determine who the child should live with and who should be responsible for making decisions on his or her behalf as well as visitation arrangements.
Married couples, domestic partners and any couples who have children together, may be asked to participate in a custody evaluation for the best interests of the child. When it comes to custody litigation and evaluations, rumors abound.
You may have heard people say: “The court always decides in favour of the mother.”; “The judge doesn’t like gay parents.”; “Fathers always end up stuck with the bill.” Unlike solicitors and barristers whose job is to advocate for their client, the custody evaluator, a psychologist, maintains a neutral role in the process.
The psychologist does not work for either side but rather collects and organizes information in order to prepare a report to be submitted to the court. Sometimes, the psychologist is asked to make a recommendation. The report might highlight things about the case that the judge did not know and that will help him or her make a fair decision.
The Adler Family Centre has considerable experience conducting custody evaluations. We have worked directly with judges, solicitors and barristers. In addition to expertise with a variety of psychological testing (personality measures and custody questionnaires, admissions tests), we have expertise in working with children in school and individual settings.
We know how to establish rapport with your child so that you and your family will feel at ease throughout the custody evaluation process.