The Sherkow Center Method
The Sherkow Center provides intensive individualized psychotherapies to help children with autism spectrum and other developmental differences.
We recognize that early genetic and neurobiologic factors strain parent-child bonding, and thereby contribute to anxiety, frustration and maladaptive behaviors. Our multi-focused interventions are directed at the relational, cognitive, and emotional aspects of the child and the parent-child relationship. In this way, we seek to foster the conditions at home, at school, and in the social milieu that will optimize each child’s emotional and behavioral growth.
At the Sherkow Center, the therapeutic relationship is the intervention. We consider each child’s unique development. We attend to the child’s deepest wishes, fears and anxieties. We get to know how they relate to each of their family members. We continually work to understand each child’s unique story.
This deep relational approach is what sets us apart. Most importantly, our method enables us to make meaning out of the child’s seemingly meaningless words and behaviors. We use this understanding to connect the child’s thinking brain with their emotional brain. We then help the child connect their thoughts and emotions with their intentions, a vital step towards feeling in control. Feeling in control in turn calms the child’s anxiety. This integration of the child’s thoughts, emotions and intentions enables parents to better understand their child. With this understanding, the parents’ anxiety also relaxes. With less anxiety in the parent-child relationship, parents more confidently and effectively care for their child.
This is how, at the Sherkow Center, relationships are at the core of our approach. This is how the Sherkow Center Method helps children accept themselves and connect with the ones they love.
Individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis
Spark youth group for children to socialize with neurotypical peers
Customized individual and group services for children, adolescents, parents, and families
Developmental, cognitive and autism diagnostic observation schedule (ADOS) evaluations
In-school observations and school consultations
Training for educators and mental health professionals
Who We Treat
People of all ages from infancy through adulthood who have autism spectrum disorder and other developmental differences