Prospects Extended Day Treatment is for children in need of additional support, therapy and stabilization through both clinical and non-clinical services. Children referred to EDT are considered to require a mid-level of care; those that do not require hospitalization but are in need of more intensive treatment than weekly therapy.
The program is designed to help children ages 5 - 12 with serious behavioral and/or emotional difficulties including aggression, self-harm, depression, and severe trauma related disorders. Prospects staff includes a bilingual (English/Spanish) board-certified child psychiatrist, an APRN, master-level clinicians, and bilingual direct care staff.  
Prospects helps children develop appropriate social and coping skills by teaching empathy, problem solving techniques and provides a safe place for him/her to practice newly acquired skills.
Prospects operates weekdays from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm during the school year and from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm during the summer.
Prospects Extended Day Treatment
What is the goal of Prospects?

Prospects is designed to increase a child's emotional resilience and reduce harmful behaviors so he/she can function successfully, with reduced levels of therapeutic intervention, in school, family, and community settings. The program teaches children healthy coping skills including mindfulness, anger management, problem solving and conflict resolution, and feelings identification and expression. Prospects also:

  • Provides skills training and social opportunities to help children make and maintain relationships with friends and engage in community activities.
  • Reduces classmate/parent concern by providing children the treatment and tools to successfully function in school.
  • Improves relationships and communication within the family unit and increases safety within the home.
How long will my child be enrolled in Prospects?

Every child is different, but the typical length of treatment is six months. Remember, progress does not usually move in a straight line. Your child might show quick improvement and then plateau for a while, or you may not see any improvement for a while and then observe a sudden leap forward. Try to be patient and remember that treatment can work to improve your childs mental health and well-being.

Is family participation required at Prospects?

Yes, family involvement in Prospects is required.   Parent(s)/caregiver(s) and family members play a large role in helping children who struggle with their mental health. It is important that parents(s)/caregiver(s) and other significant family members understand and identify with the overall goals of a child's treatment.

Will medication be prescribed to my child?

If a Prospects clinician believes your child could benefit from medication, an appointment will be scheduled with you to discuss options. With your consent, your child would then be evaluated by one of our board certified Child Psychiatrists or APRN to determine if medication is warranted and - with your consent - prescribed and monitored.

Is transportation to and from Prospects available?

Transportation to and from Prospects is provided to HUSKY A eligible children in Stamford and Norwalk.

Appointments
Parents and caregivers interested in Prospects EDT can call the Child Guidance Center at (203) 299-1315. Referrals are also accepted from all state agencies, local school systems, medical practices, and social service agencies.

Ages
5 - 12

Location
Building #2
100 East Avenue, Norwalk CT

Operating Hours
School Year: Weekdays 3 pm - 6 pm
Summer: Weekdays 11 am - 2 pm

Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Yes.

Insurance
Medicaid and some private insurance is accepted. Call to verify insurance converage.

Fees
We adjust fees to ensure all families can afford the services we provide.