Darien’s Southfield Center for Development Opens Joint Clinic with Sensory Kids in Wilton

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The Southfield Center for Development, with offices in Darien, and Sensory Kids have come together to create SFSK, a new multidisciplinary clinic in Wilton.

— an announcement from the Southfield Center for Development and Sensory Kids

The new clinic has a team of child development specialists at 396 Danbury Road in Wilton offering collaborative approach to solving learning, emotional and social/behavioral issues for a wide range of ages.

The founders, Christopher Bogart, Ph.D., executive director of the Southfield Center for Development which has been serving families in Darien since 2009, and Melissa Kahn, M.S., OTR/L, executive director and owner of Sensory Kids in Stamford, a leader in multi-sensory and pediatric occupational therapy.

SFSK Southfield Center for Development Sensory Kids Wilton clinic

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Dr. Christopher Bogart and Melissa Kahn at their new joint location, SFSK, a collaborative child development center in Wilton.

They believe that SFSK will enable children to receive the specific help they need, as well as benefit from the collaboration between specialists.

Parents will also benefit from the convenience of having all services under one roof.

“Most issues are not one-dimensional,” said Dr. Bogart, a licensed clinical psychologist who has also worked in schools and private practice in the area for 25 years.

“Studies show that clinicians with access to other professionals beyond their own area of specialization are better able to find the root of the problem and provide more effective treatments.”

“We also want to provide parents with a holistic picture of their child and a complete and thoughtful plan,” said Kahn, who has worked in pediatric occupational therapy for 20 years and is a well-known speaker on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

The colorful sensory gym at Sensory Kids in Stamford, which has been replicated in Wilton, is nationally recognized.

SFSK provides services to address Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Sensory Processing, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, depression and a variety of learning and processing disorders.

More than 1 in 20 U.S. children and teens have anxiety or depression, according to studies reported by Science Daily, and the number of children with ADHD has reached an all-time high of more than 10 percent in a recent study reported by The Washington Post.

The percentage of children with Autism continues to rise and studies show that 5 to 16% of children exhibit symptoms of SPD (schizoid personality disorder).

Over the course of a year, The Southfield Center typically receives 400 new cases for help in a variety of areas. Its staff of three has grown to 40 over the past 10 years.

Sensory Kids initially opened in Old Greenwich 10 years ago and moved to an expanded location in Stamford in 2013 to accommodate the growing needs of the community and also to keep up with the latest in cutting-edge therapies for their team and incorporate these advancements into a new gym design.

Collaborative specialists at SFSK are able to provide comprehensive diagnostic assessments; individual, marriage and family therapies; sensory processing occupational therapy; speech and language therapy; academic tutoring; life skills coaching and vocational guidance; executive functions coaching; IEP and school consultation; social skills groups; listening programs (audio therapy); reflex integration; behavioral and home sensory support; and handwriting support. SFSK also extends these services to the education and training of parents, educators, or other clinicians.

For more information, visit southfieldcenter.com or sensory-kids.com.

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Sources for Statistics

—More than one in 20 U.S. children and teens have anxiety or depression, according to studies reported by Science Daily.

—The number of children with ADHD has reached an all-time high of more than 10 percent in a recent study reported by CNN and The Washington Post.

—The percentage of children with Autism continues to rise.

—Between 5% and 16% of kids exhibit symptoms of sensory processing disorder

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