*New in 2017* We opened a Behavior Clinic at Penfield Montessori Academy, which provides services that range from mindfulness exercises to a multi-tiered trauma-informed-care program. Trauma-informed care is vital because it addresses the needs of children who have experienced significant trauma, including child abuse/neglect, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
The Behavior Clinic at Penfield Children’s Center provides treatment services to children 5 years of age and younger who have behavior and emotional challenges.
A partnership between Penfield and Marquette University, the Behavior Clinic is the only program of its kind in Milwaukee offering family-centered, in-home treatment sessions that address issues very early in a child’s development to help prevent serious mental health issues from developing in the future.
For many young children under the age of six, behavior issues are overlooked or parents are told their children will “grow out of it.” While some challenging behaviors are typical during the toddler and preschool years, others can indicate a more serious condition. The Behavior Clinic works with children who have demonstrated:
-Persistent temper tantrums that last for several hours.
-Aggression issues that result in self-harm or harm to others.
-Sleeping and eating problems.
-Problems at school or daycare.
-Sadness, nightmares, or difficulties with relationships after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event (domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, removal from parent).
Intakes and home visits are scheduled Monday—Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, based on the family’s schedule.