SPACE Treatment FAQ
SPACE is for you if:
You are looking for concrete strategies to make your home run smoother and improve your relationship with your child(ren)
Your child’s behavior is disruptive and you are looking for support
You are noticing your child is having difficulty with certain pieces of their day
You are looking for more education on anxiety and anxious symptoms
You are having trouble with your child’s behavior
Your child struggles with transitions or emotional regulation
You are unsure of how to help your child in difficult moments
You are open to learning about how to support your child and your family
What is SPACE ?
Space, Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions , is the only evidence-based intervention made solely for caregivers of children who experience anxiety and related challenges. Developed at Yale University’s Child Study Center, SPACE has been shown to be as efficacious as individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in treating child anxiety disorders and OCD.
What is special about SPACE vs regular therapy or CBT?
SPACE is unique in that the treatment is delivered only to parents, without the need for child participation. This format can be a great option if the anxious child is unwilling or unable to participate in teletherapy, or as a compliment to individual CBT or Exposure and Response Prevention the child is already receiving.
What age should my child be so SPACE is effective?
SPACE is shown to work with parents of children of all ages. SPACE is focused on parental behavior and can support parents at every stage of parenting.
What is the expected out come of participating in SPACE treatment?
Through SPACE, parents will learn about their role in supporting their anxious child and concrete strategies to respond effectively to their child’s anxious behaviors. Parents will work collaboratively with the therapists to develop a clear plan to take small, gradual steps in reducing accommodation (things they do or don’t do because of their child’s anxiety). The result is a child who can better self-regulate and cope with anxiety independently.
For SPACE treatment, what is the commitment?
SPACE tends to take an average of 10 weeks to implement.
How much participation is necessary?
Full participation is necessary to get the best results and every week holds so much information!
Is this group only for parents, or are other caregivers welcome? Do both parents need to attend?
All caregivers that are with the child can utilize this group. It is helpful if it is the same caregiver due to consistency, but if necessary an alternative caregiver can step in to a group.
It is always helpful to have both parents to ensure being on the same page, but we know that is not always possible. If necessary one parent can attend.
Can I submit for insurance reimbursement?
You will have to check with your insurance if they are able to reimburse you. I will do my best on my end to help with this.
Could my child listen in?
No, it is important your child is not listening in, though we will be working on how to inform your child of what you are learning! So this is not a secret, but helpful for you take in the information without the child listening.