The Therapeutic Nursery — Day Treatment is a five-day per week program for three- to six-year-olds who exhibit emotional problems and behavior disorders at home, day care, pre-school, and kindergarten. The program provides a class-room-like, therapeutic structure where children learn skills to help manage their behaviors. Families are encouraged to participate in the program and parent training is provided.
Typical referrals to the program include children who are at risk of expulsion from school, Head Start. or daycare. Usually, children who are referred to the program may display one or more of the following characteristics: incidents of physical and verbal aggression, non-compliance to directives given by teachers or adults, severe anxiety, difficulty attending or focusing, disruptive classroom behavior, and temper tantrums.
Limited transportation service is provided for children that reside in the South Oak Cliff, Irving, East Dallas, Grand Prairie, and Duncanville areas.
Tom is a five-year-old boy who was referred to Day Treatment by his Head Start program. At the Head Start program, his behaviors included not following directions, intense temper tantrums, and being aggressive with his peers by hitting and spitting on them.
Tom's mother enrolled him in the Day Treatment program, which he attended each day. He made excellent progress over the four months he spent in the program. The staff taught him self-control skills by learning how to control his hands and feet. He learned to communicate with others better by having eye contact with the person speaking to him and being able to "talk out his feelings". The staff also taught Tom to "look, listen, and follow directions".
Look, Listen, Following instructions, Ignoring distractions, Contributing to group discussion, Asking for help
Beginning a conversation, Ending a conversation, Sharing ideas, Playing cooperatively, Taking turns in play
Knowing your feelings, Expressing your feelings, Expressing concerns, Alternatives to aggression: Using self control