Just recently, I shared my friend Ingrid’s story of how she struggled with her son’s ADHD. Many of you responded telling me, you too, had a tough time coming to terms with your child’s condition and finding ways to help him or her cope. I was thrilled to learn there is a program specifically designed to help kids with ADHD and other behavioral concerns and, best of all, it helps parents too. The program is called F.O.C.U.S. It consists of 8 weekly sessions to teach innovative techniques to assist children with managing their feelings, developing organization skills, maximizing their concentration abilities and socialization skills. I wanted to know more about F.O.C.U.S so I met with Michelle C. Fernandez, Ph.D., an outpatient therapist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, to talk about the program and how it’s changing lives.
And the outcome is also positive for the parents who are encouraged to participate in the program. Michelle says, while most of the hour-long session is spent working with the children, parents are present for the last 20 minutes and it makes a world of difference.
Michelle says she has seen positive results from the work she’s done with the children and their parents, but it’s what happens between the children themselves that’s most special to her.
It has to be comforting to know you are not alone and someone else understands what you’re going through. If you think your child would benefit from attending the F.O.C.U.S. group sessions call Stephany Panta at (305) 669-6503 to make an appointment. I can tell you from my time spent with Michelle, she’s a very caring therapist and is passionate about helping her patients and their families. It’s so nice to see there are people who really care.