Long offering child therapy and intervention around the Metro Atlanta area, Dr. Darleen Claire Wodzenski of Orchard Human Services, Inc. has now opened an Alpharetta location in the township of Milton. Specializing in disorders of attachment and autism spectrum disorders, she helps children and their families traverse challenges with development, learning, behavior, socialization, communication, and mental health.
Orchard Human Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that strives to Uplift lives by counseling, educating, and caring. With it’s founder Dr. Darleen Claire Wodzenski, Orchard provides high quality direct services to children and families as well as professional training and development to those who serve children who are impacted by disabilities, special needs, and attachment disorder. Through Orchard and Dr. Darleen Claire, many professionals are able to obtain continuing credit for professional training in areas related to trauma-informed care, developmentally responsive engagement, exceptional student education, and equity in juvenile justice.
Dr. Darleen Claire’s specialization in disordered attachment brings hope to families of infants, children, and youth who were adopted, in foster care, or who were placed with guardians or custodians who serve as primary caretakers. These children sometimes suffer from Reactive Attachment Disorder or RAD, Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder or DSED, or developmental challenges that interfere with proper learning, behavior, and emotional regulation. Her Developmental Framework picks these children up where their developmental processes went awry, and slowly begins to set their developmental processes right again. Families now have hope of resolving some of the incredibly challenging phenomenon that are often associated with attachment disorder.
Another area of focus under the Orchard umbrella are services for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Darleen Claire has conducted extensive research into alternative modalities and approaches to improve the self-determination and life satisfaction of individuals who are neuro-atypical. In some cases, she offers direct services to the child while other times she consults with parents, educators, and other professionals. She also advocates for children who receive IEP services under IDEA as well as Section 504 Plan services under ADA.
The underlying theme among all of these services is Dr. Darleen Claire’s dedication to brain-based strategies to promote child learning, growth, and development. In addition to complex behavioral and socioemotional therapeutic strategies, she also offers biofeedback services to help children and young adults boost brain performance. Children in her programs or who receive direct services benefit from increased developmental skills and self-regulatory capacities that make them better able to learn, connect with others, and contribute as a member of society.
In addition to providing direct services in Alpharetta, Dr. Darleen Claire also works with children in the College Park area at Kinder Kollege Christian School. Parents in that area can contact Ms. Cheryl Safford of Kinder Kollege for more information about how to obtain special education advocacy and direct counseling and intervention services in the College Park area near the Hartsfield Airport. Kinder Kollege offers early childhood care for infants through pre-k as well as after school and summer programs for school children up to age twelve.
Together, Dr. Darleen Claire and Ms. Cheryl Safford are taking a stand for better educational, therapeutic, and life supportive services for all children around the greater Metropolitan Atlanta area. They recently presented at the Georgia Tech CEISMC STEAM conference as well as published a thin book about promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics across diverse student populations, including both high ability learners and students with special needs.
If you or someone you know is looking for high quality child developmental and mental health counseling services in or around the Milton area of Alpharetta, GA, please contact Dr. Darleen Claire Wodzenski’s office at 770-686-0894 or email her at D@OrchardHumanServices.org.