AIGAS Intensive Outpatient Programs: Tailored Mental Health Support for All Ages

Discover specialized Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) at AIGAS, designed to provide comprehensive mental health services for children, teens, young adults, and grown-ups. From our Early Childhood Program for ages 5-10 to targeted Mood & Anxiety Programs, School Refusal Programs, and specialized services for Child OCD & Complex Anxiety, our onsite programs cater to diverse age groups, ensuring personalized care and support for every individual’s unique needs. Explore a path to mental wellness with AIGAS.

School Refusal Program for Children: Ages 5-13

Program Overview

AIGAS understands the challenges children face when dealing with mood and anxiety symptoms, often leading to school refusal behavior. Our school refusal services, offered as part of the Intensive Outpatient program for children, aim to provide short-term stabilization for these issues.
School refusal behavior manifests in various ways, such as frequent complaints of illness in the morning—stomach aches, sore throat, or headaches. These complaints tend to vanish when the child stays home but may resurface the next day. Other signs include frequent visits to the nurse’s office, tardiness, or even complete absence on test days or during anxiety-triggering events like presentations or sports activities.

Through evidence-based treatments, AIGAS strives to empower patients with the strategies necessary to effectively navigate mood and anxiety symptoms triggered by daily stressors. Our ultimate goal is to support these children in returning to the classroom with confidence.

What to Anticipate

AIGAS takes a personalized approach to treatment, crafting unique plans for each individual. Here’s what our comprehensive program includes:

  • Thorough Mental Health Evaluation
  • Regular consultations with a dedicated psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Engaging in daily group therapy sessions
  • Consistent one-on-one therapy with a dedicated individual therapist
  • Family therapy sessions with a specialized family therapist
  • Creative expression through experiential therapies like art, movement, yoga, and relaxation therapy
  • Continuous reassessment and adjustments to the treatment plan

Access to resource therapists offering executive functioning and vocational support.

Our tailored plans evolve alongside the individual’s needs. We specialize in addressing school avoidance, providing a group therapy setting that fosters connection, normalizes experiences, and encourages group accountability. This personalized approach helps individuals move toward a meaningful and functional life.

Treatment Options

  • Mental Health Assessment & Medication Management:
    Our experienced professionals conduct thorough assessments and provide expert medication management.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
    A goal-oriented therapy focusing on changing patterns of thinking and behavior to promote positive mental well-being.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):
    This approach combines acceptance and change strategies, emphasizing skills for emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT):
    Encouraging individuals to accept their thoughts and feelings, and commit to actions that align with their values.
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP):
    A specialized therapy addressing and managing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) through exposure to feared thoughts or situations.
  • Executive Functioning Support:
    Tailored assistance to enhance cognitive abilities related to planning, organization, and task completion.
  • Relaxation Therapy:
    Cultivating awareness and presence through mindfulness practices.
  • Individual Therapy:
    Personalized one-on-one sessions with our qualified therapists.
  • Group Therapy:
    Collaborative sessions provide a supportive environment for shared experiences and growth.
  • Family Therapy:
    Inclusive therapy involves family members to foster understanding and strengthen relationships.
  • Art Therapy:
    Creative expression as a therapeutic tool to enhance emotional well-being.
  • Yoga Therapy:
    Integrating yoga practices to promote physical and mental balance.
  • Pet Therapy:
    Incorporating animal companionship to aid in emotional healing.
  • Supervised Study:
    Academic support in a structured and supervised setting.
  • Secure Online Portal:
    A secure platform enabling parents to easily connect with their child’s treatment team and stay informed about their progress.

Fresh Start Outpatient Program

AIGAS recognizes the unique challenges that children with mood and anxiety symptoms face, often resulting in school refusal behaviors. Our school refusal services, a crucial component of the intensive outpatient program for children, are designed to offer short-term stabilization for these issues.

School refusal behavior can manifest in various ways, such as frequent morning complaints of illness—stomach aches, sore throat, or headaches. These complaints often disappear when the child stays home but may reappear the next day. Other indicators include regular visits to the nurse’s office, tardiness, or complete absence on test days or during anxiety-inducing events like presentations or sports activities.

Through evidence-based treatments, AIGAS is dedicated to equipping patients with the strategies needed to effectively navigate mood and anxiety symptoms triggered by daily stressors. Our ultimate objective is to empower these children to return to the classroom with confidence.

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