Our Program

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Sandhill Child Development Center provides a clinically sophisticated approach in a nurturing home-like environment.  At the core of our Treatment Philosophy is the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics developed by Dr. Bruce Perry and the ChildTrauma Academy. Incorporated in this model is a relational approach designed to bring about positive change in a child’s ability to trust and accept adult care and develop sound meaningful relationships.

Throughout the child’s day at Sandhill, various Therapeutic/Clinical Services are woven in, providing a therapeutic web that supports and helps the child 24/7.  Consistent with our treatment philosophy is our Medication Philosophy that recognizes the importance of a measured and balance approach to medication management.

 Who We Serve

Sandhill Child Development Center treats children with a variety of diagnoses.  What all children at Sandhill have in common is an inability to regulate their emotional states, thus impacting their ability to function in normally expected ways.  Children who may benefit from Sandhill’s rigorous treatment program may demonstrate one or more of the following problems:

  • Inability to regulate emotional states that can result in unsafe or reckless behavior.
  • Resistance to adult care or direction and a general lack of respect for others.
  • Child may make unreasonable or excessive demands.
  • Child may have adoption or attachment issues.
  • Mood disorders, which may include depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorders.
  • Moderate to High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder with co-occurring emotional dysregulation.
  • Inability to take personal responsibility for actions, which may include projection of blame onto others.
  • Failure to recognize or care about how personal actions affect others.
  • Lying, manipulating or controlling behaviors
  • Failure to make adequate progress in outpatient or traditional residential treatment programs.

  Medication Management

Sandhill Child Development Center understands that some children may benefit from medication to assist them in their treatment.  We have a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist that works closely with the clinical team to determine appropriate medication interventions.  Over the course of a child’s stay, as he or she benefits from treatment and shows improvement, it is not uncommon for a child to require less pharmacological intervention.