Autism & Developmental Disorders
Dr. Rocco bases his interventions with children with developmental challenges in the groundbreaking Developmental Individualized Relationship (DIR) Method created by Dr. Stanley Greenspan M.D. This treatment approach, also know as Floortime (or Floor Time) is quickly becoming the treatment of choice for children affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS, other disorders of relating and communicating, regulatory and attention disorders, and learning, motor, and sensory integration disorders. The DIR/Floortime intervention model is based on a functional developmental approach to assessment and intervention. The functional assessment includes a thorough investigation of all possible contributing factors and repeated observations of child-caregiver interactions. The resulting developmental profile highlights the child's strengths and vulnerabilities in communication, cognition, and emotional domains. A comprehensive and individually tailored treatment plan is then implemented to assist the child in attaining progressive developmental capacities such as shared attention and regulation, engagement, purposeful communication, complex social interactions, creative use of ideas, and abstract thinking. Parent and family participation as well as school involvement are crucial to bring about change.
The confluence of disciplines such as infant development, attachment research, neurobiology, and brain imaging is generating exciting findings with important implications for early childhood mental health. The capacity for self-regulation, interpersonal closeness, coping ability, and a host of psychological, emotional, and cognitive traits are developed in the context of early interactions with caregivers. The Dyadic Interaction Guidance approach utilized by Dr. Rocco maximizes parent-child affective attunement, while increasing the caregiverís mindfulness, emotional insight, and empathic/reflective capacity. These therapeutic parenting skills promote mutually enjoyable affective states, deepen the interpersonal bond, and provide the foundation for your childís emotional, psychological, and cognitive development. Your childís developmental trajectory, as well as your own emotional and interpersonal life, may be transformed through this awareness and growth-inducing process.
Behavior and Impulse Control Difficulties
Dr. Rocco's interventions to help parents with behavior-disordered young children are based on the empirically supported Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) developed by Dr. Sheila Eyeberg, PhD. PCIT works through changing parent-child interaction patterns and improving the quality of the parent-child relationship. Parents learn specific skills that support a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while addressing the child.s problematic behaviors. This approach has been proven to be highly effective with conduct-disordered children, positively affecting both child behavior and caregiver parenting skills. To learn more about PCIT you can visit the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy website.
Adoption Sensitive Services
Through over a year of working almost exclusively with adoptive children and their families at the UCLA TIES for Adoption program, Dr. Rocco has developed a keen understanding of the unique issues and dynamics involved with adoptive families. Dr. Rocco has expertise working with transracial adoptive families as well as adoptions by single parents and alternative families.
Dr. Rocco takes great care in understanding the cultural, moral, and religious values of the families he works with and to provide services that are congruent with those values. Dr. Rocco is fully fluent in English and Spanish and has functional proficiency in French and Portuguese.
Assessments and Educational Advocacy
Dr. Rocco has extensive experience in psycho-educational and psycho-diagnostic assessment as well as training in special education laws and regulations. Dr. Rocco has successfully advocated for many families of children with special needs and is available to perform independent assessments of children from preschool through high school.
Social Skills Groups
Therapeutic group series are currently being offered for children with socialization challenges. Appropriate participants include children with high functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome, social anxiety, and/or difficulties relating with peers. Children with sensory modulation and/or integration challenges would also benefit from this group. Staff includes specialists representing a variety of disciplines including developmental pediatrics, occupational therapy, psychology, and special education. Normally developing children are also included as play mentors. These children benefit from the group offerings while simultaneously modeling pro-social behaviors to their more vulnerable peers. For more information, you may access our website http://web.me.com/jazmin.elek or email / call Dr. Rocco at firstname.lastname@example.org / (415) 350-4450.