Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
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Kate has been working with our son D. for a year. She is a joy to work with and our son has flourished under her care. She truly brings out the best in him! Kate is imaginative in her problem solving, resourceful and constantly looking for innovative approaches for behavior interventions. She has also been very generous with her time. She has attended several school meetings with us and contributed positively at those meetings. Kate is great at her job and she gives 100%. I really don’t know where we would be without Kate!
Kate has worked with our son weekly for almost 7 months. In this short time our son has learned new skills and has made progress that we never thought possible. She listens to our goals for him and makes them happen. She has been a true gift in our life and we thank her for her hard work and skillful teaching!
Kate did a wonderful series of workshops for parents on sleep problems, eating problems and temper tantrums. Her knowledge in this area was very helpful. She gave parents informative reference handouts and strategies to use with the children. Parent evaluations stated: “The entire presentation was useful, the presenter is great and has a lot of great experience to share. Speaker was very knowledgeable and interesting.
I went home that night feeling so motivated to clean and organize my children’s playroom. I have a shelving system with labeled bins. I also have frequented The Toy Box store because I felt he truly understood how kids play and was so excited about the toys himself. I purchased some for my family and for friends as well…. it was a great presentation that I have shared with others and spoke highly about to many people.
A very special thanks to Sargent Child and Family. Today our son made his First Communion a day I didn’t see happening 2 years ago. Today WE did it! As a team we had a goal and together we made it happen! Thank you for your hard work, dedication and support! You guys are simply the best!
I am the Director of a preschool with a staff of eleven teachers. Kate has provided my staff with two workshops this year and both were excellent. After terrific presentations, Kate opened up the remainder of the sessions to questions and answers. We could have spent hours asking questions because of her knowledge and experience. Kate is a well of information concerning children’s issues, and we look forward to other workshops with her. I will recommend Kate to other childhood professionals and to parents.
About 2.5 months after the birth of my son, my 3yr old daughter started to become very needy and difficult at bed time. For the last 3yrs she was always a very good sleeper and we had no bedtime issues. Her bedtime issues started small and not every night, and snow balled into very difficult bedtime routine, every night. It started with wanting one of us to lay with her for a couple of minutes after reading a book before bed, then it evolved into her asking if the other one of us would lay with her for a couple of min at bed time. She then wanted us to stay with her in bed until she fell asleep. Eventually she started crying when we left the room, then she started to scream when we left the room. I soon thought that she learned the baby cries when we are trying to get him to sleep and we comfort him, so she thought if she cried we’d stay with her and comfort her. Finally, the crying and screaming ended up by her getting out of bed. Thankfully she never came down stairs, but she was now waking up a sleeping baby AND wouldn’t stay in her room or stop screaming at the top of her lungs. We tried time outs, talking or reasoning with her, ignoring her or even taking away a valued toy(s) - all didn’t seem to work for the long haul (sometimes one of these methods would work for a night or even a few days). We finally contacted Kate for some help as we heard she had a ‘positive bedtime routine’ chart that would help. Kate came over one night with a picture/word bedtime routine chart and a sticker chart to positively reward our daughter if she stayed in bed all night long and was quiet. Kate stayed with me for 4hrs that night while we implemented this new routine. It was a very long difficult night, but I kept at it with Kate’s encouragement. Finally, the 3yr old went to bed/sleep! I was exhausted, but could not have stuck to my guns with out Kate’s help. By Kate physically being there, she provided much needed support and words of wisdom to me when I felt like giving in to my daughter due to exhaustion. I am happy to say after that 1 very difficult night of implementing the bedtime chart, my daughter has had now 2+ weeks of no set backs for her bedtime routine. She happily follows her bedtime routine/chart, is quiet in her bed and stays in bed. She gets up each and every morning to give herself a sticker for following the bedtime rules!!! THANK YOU KATE for giving my husband and I our quiet evenings back after the kids go down to bed. I HIGHLY recommend Kate’s help for bedtime issues.
We’ve been working with Catherine Sargent for the past 5 years. She began working with my son while he was receiving Early Intervention and then we contracted her privately once that ended. The words that come to mind when I think of Kate and her work with us are: Supportive, Knowledgeable, Caring, Determined, and Successful. These qualities have helped my son with a diagnosis of PDD/NOS overcome many of the obstacles he faced and today he presents as a typical 6 year old boy. In addition to helping my son she has also provided me with many supportive resources and a shoulder to lean on when I needed it. She’s been a blessing to our family.
Kate has worked with our four year old son for the past several months in both a one on one setting and group setting. She quickly gained his trust (not always an easy task) and was able to work with him on various behavioral difficulties and challenge him in a way that allowed him to make some great progress in a short time. Kate is a kind, nurturing and compassionate person but at the same time she is tough and did not let our son get away with much! She is a great resource to us as his parents and she is always willing to go the extra mile to accommodate and think creatively about strategies and solutions to help our son and our whole family. She is also willing to work collaboratively with the other professionals in our lives which makes the concept of consistency actually possible. In addition to being a great addition to my son’s team, she is responsible, knowledgeable and flexible which we truly appreciate. I highly recommend her services.
Bettyann has worked with our son D. for the last three years. She is supportive, caring, patient, creative and dedicated. D. has autism and at times he is loud, inappropriate and unaware of his safety. Bettyann takes him into our community and she focuses on safety and social skills. She has taught him to be more aware of his surroundings, appropriate and expected behaviors at the park, at the library and she has even worked with him on how to buy a treat at the store. She respects D. and he know it. Every week he looks forward to their next adventure. Together, they work on homework, search for a book to read in the library shelves, take turns playing board games…the list goes on and on…Once when I was with D. at the town library the librarian approached me to praise the “woman who works with D.” she said her technique, patience and “general way with him was so special to watch.” Bettyann is skilled and talented at what she does and she is a true blessing to D. and to our family.
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