UT helps parents manage child behavior challenges

Published: Jun. 30, 2016 at 1:28 PM EDT
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Do temper tantrums, potty training or disobedient children have you at your wits' end? Help may be available via a clinic at the University of Tennessee. The university's Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills (KLASS) Center is offering even more services for the parents of children with behavioral challenges.

Parents can contact the KLASS Center for consultation sessions on dealing in a healthy way with difficult child behaviors.

"Parents of children who have been diagnosed with various behavioral difficulties including ADHD (attention deficit disorder) and ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) may see the most benefit," said Brian Wilhoit, director of the KLASS Center and clinical professor in the department of educational psychology and counseling. "But parents whose children are exhibiting challenging behaviors who have no diagnosis can also benefit."

Weekly, hour-long sessions are offered for parents, at $50 per hour. Professional help is also available to develop effective coping strategies. The clinic may refer some families for psychotherapy for other issues.

Other services at the KLASS Center include evaluating children for dyslexia and other learning disorders.

The KLASS Center is based in UT's College of Education, Health, and Human Services and works in partnership with the School Psychology program. The center's phone number is 974-6177.

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