Supporting your introverted child

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Supporting your introverted child

We live in such a fast-paced world. If you have an introverted child, that is a challenge for both the child and the parents. One of the things to do is understand that having an introverted child is different than having a shy child. An introverted child is a child with a certain style in the world. They approach the world much more slowly, much more carefully. They sometimes hunt for words. They need time to recharge and think before going into social circumstances. An extroverted kid? They get their battery charged by going into a party. An introverted kid, it's actually draining to go into that same party. What parents need to do to help their introverted child is to respect where that child is coming from. Slow down and don't ask so many questions. Try to find a friend for your child who is introverted. Find a child that follows the same beat or rhythm as your child. You'll have a happier child, a smarter child, a child that is more collected and organized in the world.

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Esther Hess, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist

Dr. Esther Hess is a developmental psychologist. She specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental delays, regulatory disorders and language impairment, specifically autism, Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, not otherwise specified.  In addition, she treats various psychological ailments including, affective disorders, selective mutism, school phobias, attention deficit disorder, non-verbal learning disorders and difficulties as related to childhood response to parental divorce. Her expertise is in the utilization and application of a developmentally based psychotherapy (the DIR model) as devised by Dr. Stanley Greenspan. This model, conceptualized as Floor Time, takes into consideration the various underlying elements that may be impeding the child including where he/she is at developmentally, various biological constraints, and the relationship between the child and the parent. 

In addition to working with the impacted person, Dr. Hess interfaces with the entire family and coordinates the efforts of the various members of team specialists who assist in boosting the impacted individual’s developmental lag.  She is currently one of Dr. Greenspan’s Senior Clinicians on the West Coast, certified in  D.I.R./Floor Time and has trained parents, interventionists and clinicians both nationally and internationally in the developmental/relational method known as Floor Time.  Dr. Hess is the executive director of a multidisciplinary treatment facility in West Los Angeles, Center for the Developing Mind.

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