What is SPACE?
SPACE stands for Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions and is a parent-based treatment program for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, and related problems.
SPACE was developed by Dr. Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center. This treatment modality has been tested and found to be efficacious in randomized controlled clinical trials.
Who is the Client in SPACE treatment?
SPACE aims to treat children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Although children do not attend SPACE sessions, they are the clients! When SPACE treatment is successful children feel less anxious and function better following treatment.
Some of the main anxiety problems treated with SPACE include:
Fears and phobias
Panic disorder and Agoraphobia
Who participates in SPACE treatment?
Parents (and other caregivers) participate in SPACE treatment sessions.
What happens in SPACE treatment?
Parents who participate in SPACE will learn skills and tools to help their child overcome anxiety, OCD or related problems.
The treatment focuses on changes that parents can make to their own behavior, they do not need to make their child change.
The two main changes that parents learn to make in SPACE treatment are to respond more supportively to their anxious child and to reduce the accommodations they have been making to the child symptoms.
*I am one of very few therapists in the state of Pennsylvania who have been trained in SPACE treatment, and the only one in Central and South Central Pennsylvania.
You can find a list of trained providers on the Yale Child Study Center SPACE website.
Call today for a complimentary consultation to learn more about how SPACE can help your child!