Sharmistha Bose, Ph.D.

Children, Adolescents, Families and Adults                 Learning Disabilities and ADHD Testing

Dr. Sharmistha Bose is a clinical psychologist practicing in our St. Charles office. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland.

She specializes in working with children and adolescents experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, Asperger’s Disorder, ADHD, Executive Functioning Issues, and peer conflict. She also has extensive experience with more serious acting out problems, such as self-mutilation, Bipolar disorder, and rage outbursts. She also sees individuals and families for depression, anxiety and to help them work out family conflicts.

Children and Adolescent Counseling

Many children today struggle to regulate their feelings and behaviors; the result is that they act in ways that diminish their self-esteem and strain vital family and peer relationships. Often these children’s emotions escalate quickly and intensely and they don’t have the life experience to know how to deal with them or put them in perspective. I help children and teens develop the life strategies they need to cope with daily hassles and the more serious symptoms of depression and anxiety. We examine the consequences of personal choices and how communication, or lack thereof, affects relationships. Active parent involvement is key to successful outcomes, especially with younger clients.”

Dr. Bose employs a cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy. Interventions are designed within a developmental framework and to suit each individual’s needs. As treatment progresses, children and families will gain insight into the causes of problems and will have an arsenal of adaptive coping strategies to use at home and in larger social settings.

Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Dr. Bose is a specialist in aiding families who children and adolescents are needlessly struggling through their school years with undiagnosed learning disabilities.

Some children cannot seem to do well in school, despite good effort. Their teachers and parents may complain that they are not trying hard enough. Other parents are told that their child will “outgrow” his or her problems. Sometimes, these children can perform very well in certain school subjects, but do poorly in others. Many children just work slowly and need extra time to complete tasks.

Trouble Making Friends: A Common Problem

Not all kids with learning and attention issues struggle to make friends. For some kids, social skills are their strength! But if it’s a trouble spot for your child, he’s not alone. Kids with learning and attention issues often face social challenges. When compared with their peers, studies have shown they’re more likely to be:

  • Poorly accepted by their peers
  • Socially alienated from teachers and classmates
  • Viewed by teachers as lacking social skills
  • Not chosen to play or join in group activities
  • Willing to conform to peer pressure

Kids can feel that they don’t “fit in” at school or at outside activities. They may even feel that way at home with siblings.

It’s a very real issue because many kids with learning and attention issues do stand out sometimes. They may require additional time and attention from teachers, parents and others. They may call negative attention to themselves by asking inappropriate questions, seeming uninterested in other kids’ conversations, and interrupting or moving around a lot at the wrong times. Other kids may react badly or turn away.

Testing

For school related learning difficulties, as well as more social and psychological difficulties, psychological assessment is a helpful tool. Individualized testing provides a diagnostic understanding of a child’s strengths and weaknesses in intellectual, academic, learning, behavioral, and psychological spheres. This comprehensive understanding helps generate recommendations in terms of school programming, counseling, and other more specialized assistance for a child and his family.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a serious disorder, which can have major consequences for learning and social skills. There is no one test for ADHD. It must be carefully diagnosed by an experienced and qualified psychologist who can see how a child behaves during various tasks, some of which demand concentration and focus, and some that do not. There are good tests for distractibility, which go along with ADHD. Additionally, and most importantly, an experienced clinician can observe a child, talk with his/her teachers and parents, and get a good sense of a child’s behavior. The diagnosis should be based on data gathered from a number of different sources (tests, behavioral observations, teacher reports, parent reports). The disorder must be closely monitored, especially if medication is prescribed. Teachers and parents must be given specific strategies for helping the child.

Most patients can be scheduled within two weeks of the first call. Testing is usually scheduled on Saturday and Sunday during the school year so the child’s school schedule and an adult’s work schedule is not disrupted.

Individual Counseling

Dr. Bose believes that psychotherapy is a collaborative process between the patient and psychologist, which typically produces long lasting and positive, significant change.  The likelihood and magnitude of change are increased when the client feels they are in an environment that fosters trust, safety, and hope.

“One of the primary benefits of counseling is that you will walk away from the experience with a healthier perspective on life, improved resilience and self-concept, and the ability to apply what you’ve learned to better navigate through life.”

Dr. Bose specializes in Areas of Focus including:

Locations

St Charles | 405 Illinois Avenue, Ste. 2C

Oak Brook | 1200 Harger Road, Ste. 220

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