Are you concerned about your child’s developmental progress? Knowing whether your child is meeting developmental milestones in language, cognition, self help skills (dressing, feeding, toileting), and social skills can seem overwhelming. Getting a comprehensive developmental evaluation can provide you with important insight into your child’s developmental needs and strengths, for helpful intervention planning. It can also help you set developmentally appropriate expectations for your child and improve your communication with him/her.
Dr. Julie Rinaldi has over 15 years experience working with children and families who present with a variety of struggles. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her primary focus during graduate school was researching the causes and nature of autism spectrum disorders. She spent her latter years in Seattle working at The Parenting Clinic, a research and treatment program serving families with young children who exhibit behavior challenges at home and/or school. For most of her professional career, Dr. Rinaldi served as a psychologist at a pediatric hospital in Chicago where she led a developmental assessment clinic for children aged 5 and under. Children with autism spectrum disorders, neurological and other medical complexities, and developmental delays were among the children seen.
In addition to developmental assessment, children and families can also benefit from therapy, especially those children who are having developmental challenges that may be contributing to difficulty acquiring the skills needed to control emotions. Parenting is tough work and it becomes even more challenging when you feel confused about what your child needs. Difficulty with emotion regulation can look like out of control tantrums, anger, and it can sometimes seems like your child is misbehaving on purpose. Other times, children are feeling overwhelmed by their environment, the social demands, or have sensory-related issues, and they tend to withdraw and not do things you know they are capable of. Helping your child managing feelings including fear, anxiety, frustration, and insecurity are important to his/her social and emotional development. Feeling in better control one’s emotions can lead to better relationships, increased happiness, and greater success at school. Dr. Rinaldi can help you understand the underlying factors contributing to your child’s struggles, and help you and your child learn tools to better manage behaviors and emotions. She also enjoys working with children who experience mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, adjustment issues (to school, changes in the family), and social difficulties.
Dr. Rinaldi uses evidence-based treatments to help children and families find a path toward better communication, emotion management, and growth and looks forward to helping you and your child. Whether it’s for an assessment to guide educational programming or to provide ongoing therapy, Dr. Rinaldi will work together with you. Parents are an important part of the process!