Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic

Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic

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716-629-3400
75 Pineview Drive, Amherst, NY 14228

Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic

Is your child going through a tough time, acting out, or feeling overly worried or fearful? Let us help.

Behavioral health issues are common in children and young adults. In fact, they affect up to one in five children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. These issues often affect how your child acts and feels in school, at home, and in the community.  Some of these common childhood problems include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior concerns
  • Challenges related to ADHD and autism spectrum disorder

Recognizing a growing need to treat these types of concerns, we established the Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic in 2012 to offer short-term therapeutic interventions to children and young adults struggling with these issues. What makes our program unique is that we are able to target individuals that have autism as well as co-occurring mental health issues.

Providing behavioral therapy for children is just one of our focus areas. Our professionals can also help with feeding, sleeping and toileting difficulties. The clinic currently serves more than 580 families and continues to grow each year.

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Conditions We Treat and Treatment Options

Summit’s Licensed Psychologists are experienced in diagnosing the full range of DSM psychological and mental health disorders in children and adolescents.

The conditions we treat include:

  • Anxiety disorders including: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety, separation anxiety and school phobia.
  • Disruptive behavior disorders including: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), and general behavior problems
  • Elimination disorders including enuresis, nocturnal enuresis and encopresis
  • Mood disorders including dysthymia and depression
  • Pervasive developmental disorders including: Autism, Asperger’s Disorder and PDD-NOS
  • Others conditions including tics, Tourette’s, habit disorders, thumb-sucking, sleep problems, selective mutism, tantrums, defiant behavior and social delays.

Treatment options include:

  • Anger management groups for adolescents
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy
  • Coping skills training
  • Systematic desensitization
  • Exposure and response prevention
  • Habit reversal
  • Parent child interaction therapy
  • Organizational skills groups
  • Parenting education
  • Parent-teen negotiation
  • Relaxation
  • Saturday Treatment Program for children with ADHD
  • Self-control therapy
  • Skill building
  • Social development groups
  • The Coping CAT

Our Wonderful Providers

Our highly qualified team is comprised of licensed psychologists specialized training in the treatment of childhood problems. Summit providers maintain contact with referring physicians providing them with regular treatment summaries.

Amy Jablonski, Psy.D.

Dr. Jablonski is a licensed psychologist who graduated with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She received clinical training at the Little Walden Program, a nationally recognized model inclusion program for children with autism located in Atlanta, Georgia. She directed the Early Autism Program at Summit, an EIBI program for young children with autism, and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of young children with autism and developmental disabilities.

 

Additionally, Dr. Jablonski completed an internship in behavioral pediatrics at Munroe-Meyer Institute, a University Affiliated Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she provided comprehensive assessment and behavioral treatment services to children with developmental, behavioral and/or medical disorders and their families as well as consultation to schools, daycares and pediatricians. Dr. Jablonski is licensed to practice psychology in New York State. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Jablonski serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Summit.

David Meichenbaum, Ph.D.

Dr. Meichenbaum is a NYS licensed Psychologist specializing in the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of pervasive developmental and disruptive behavior disorders. He is Director of Community Consulting and Clinical Services at The Summit Center in Amherst, NY, where he also oversees therapeutic summer programs for children with ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome. Dr. Meichenbaum has been a principal- or co-investigator in multiple studies evaluating the effectiveness and impact of behavioral and pharmacological treatments on functioning in youth, and has presented on these topics nationally and internationally. His publications include reports on effectively treating disruptive behavior disorders in primary care settings and strategies for facilitating treatment and communication with adolescents. Dr. Meichenbaum has held an adjunct instructor appointment at the University at Buffalo, having taught courses on child & adult psychopathology and the psychology of aggression & violence. He has conducted workshops, trainings, and consultations to parents, teachers, psychologists, and other school and mental health professionals. A member of APA, AABCT, SSCP, and ABA, Dr. Meichenbaum received his doctorate of philosophy in Clinical Psychology from University at Buffalo, SUNY, and completed his pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center.

Jennifer Toomey, Ph.D.

Dr. Toomey is a NYS licensed psychologist who graduated with a doctorate in Counseling and School Psychology from the University at Buffalo in 2008. She completed her pre-doctoral internship with Summit. She has her affiliate faculty member status at the University at Buffalo and has taught classes on autism, assessment and consultation. Dr. Toomey specializes in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders using evidence-based interventions.