At Hummingbird, we provide psychological services for children and adolescents facing a variety of challenges.
We understand the importance of helping children feel comfortable and ultimately, develop a rapport with their psychologist. Trust Dr. Burhanpurkar to provide comprehensive assessments, counselling, coaching, and consultation services.
Has your child’s teacher recommended an assessment for behaviour or learning difficulties?
Is your child worrying excessively or having trouble following routines at school?
Do you think your child might be gifted?
A psychological assessment can help you and your child’s teachers understand his or her strengths and specific learning and/or behavioural needs. Hummingbird provides comprehensive, detailed assessments tailored to your child. We work to gain a thorough understanding of your child’s entire world— home, school and other social influences in order to create an informed plan of action.
Some of the issues that may be addressed through an assessment include: Diagnostic Investigations:
- Implementing behavioural strategies (home and classroom)
- Implementing teaching strategies and classroom accommodations
- A diagnosis, if applicable. Please note: assessment does not necessarily lead to a diagnosis, though a diagnosis may be appropriate.
- Accessing academic and community supports
Dr. Anita Burhanpurkar has specific training and certification in use of the ADOS-2. Learn more about her credentials.
Let's discuss a comprehensive assessment for your child.
Does your teenager exhibit troubling behaviour?
Is your child acting out at home or at school?
Are you concerned about your child’s poor social skills?
Hummingbird offers individual and group counselling services for children and adolescents having difficulty in a variety of areas including regulating their emotions (worry, anger, sadness), making and sustaining relationships with family and peers and self-esteem issues, to name a few. We provide individualized counselling in a safe and nurturing environment that is designed to get to the heart of the issue. Following an exploratory meeting with the parent(s), we meet with the child during one-on-one sessions to assess, treat and provide long-term coping strategies.
Dr. Burhanpurkar employs cognitive behavioural therapy and other proven approaches, leveraging the latest research in the field. She listens, learns and works closely with your child and family to deliver a personalized treatment plan.
We address the following concerns and more:
- Behavioural management and coping strategies (e.g., those related to ADHD or Autism)
- Worries and low mood
- Low self-esteem
- Difficulties making and keeping friends
- Adjusting to life changes (e.g., divorce, family stressors)
Let’s get to the heart of the issue and start the healing process.
Does your child have difficulties staying organized or studying effectively for tests?
Are you worried your child has no friends?
Do you need help parenting your special needs child or want strategies for getting through the difficult teen years?Parenting can be stressful even at the best of times. It can be helpful for you and your family to receive support and guidance from a trained professional. Dr. Burhanpurkar understands the challenges parents and students face and can teach your child the skills they need for academic and social success. She can help your child develop skills in the following areas;
- Executive functioning skills (e.g., beginning and completing tasks, staying organized)
- Making friends
- Initiating conversation
- Teaching the child to self-advocate by helping them understand their own strengths and needs
- Coaching parents on parenting a child with special needs
Dr. Burhanpurkar is trained and certified in use of the PEERS program which has been proven effective in helping children develop their social skills. Children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, Autism or Anxiety Disorder may benefit from this type of coaching.
Put your child on the path to success.
Are you confused, frustrated and/or overwhelmed navigating school and community support for your child?You’re not alone. Hummingbird can help ensure your child has access to the resources they need to succeed. As a school board psychologist with 20 years of experience working with educators and parents, Dr. Burhanpurkar is uniquely qualified to advise parents on the support their children require and deserve.
From identifying appropriate resources to working collaboratively with educators to help them develop appropriate programming strategies and help inform Individual Education Plans (IEPs), we offer consulting sessions that provide actionable insight and answers.