Consultation- A consultation with Dr. Kimel is a first step by which to gain a new perspective and to carve a path to maximize your child’s development. A consultation includes a face-to-face meeting with Dr. Kimel to discuss your child’s situation and to offer guidance and recommendations for appropriate next steps. Dr. Kimel can also review previous testing, school reports and other background materials.
Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation A psychological evaluation will provide you with a thorough understanding of your child’s inherent strengths and weaknesses in order to best understand the challenges he/she child may experience in meeting developmental demands, as well as the strengths he/she child may call upon to compensate. The thorough evaluation is followed up with individualized, persuasive, useful recommendations and the formation of a plan to help your child succeed.
Ongoing Support Dr. Kimel strives to build long-term relationships with families so that she can provide ongoing support throughout your child’s development. Once a plan is developed, individualized ongoing support is available to monitor progress and ensure the implementation of recommendations. Dr. Kimel works closely with all those involved in your child’s care to ensure that every intervention is tailored to fit your child’s unique learning style.
Referral Services Dr. Kimel has lived in Denver since 2001, developing relationships with various pediatricians, psychiatrists, therapists, learning specialists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, tutors, and schools, and has an incredible network of warm, bright, and talented individuals to refer to.
Dr. Kimel's approach to therapy is collaborative, integrative, and individualized. Dr. Kimel uses therapeutic methods that she thinks will best meet your goals. In working with children and adolescents as individual clients, she often integrate family therapy because she believes that a child's family is an integral piece in treatment and intervention. Dr. Kimel may also use cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, or play-based approaches depending on the presenting problems. At times, clients come to her specifically for family therapy and no one person is identified as a client. In this case, the family as a unit is considered her client and she will work with everyone in the family as a group.
Social Skills Groups Dr. Kimel runs 9-10 week long social skills groups for adolescents with ASD that are based on the UCLA PEERS model, a well-researched social skills curriculum created by Drs. Elizabeth Laugeson and Fred Frankel. Dr. Kimel previously provided this program through JFK Partners and Developmental FX, and currently provides this program in her private practice with the assistance of skilled doctoral students studying clinical psychology. Her extensive clinical experience ensures that this is a productive, meaningful and effective group.
Girls Groups: Dr. Kimel runs a 10 week long social skills group that is geared toward issues that girls with ASD (and related disorders) experience regularly. For example, topics of dating, hygiene, coping with anxiety, and bullying are discussed. Please refer to the attached flyer for more information on her upcoming group for the Spring of 2020 (see below).
Anxiety Treatment Groups for Children with ASD Dr. Kimel has extensive experience in co-leading the Facing Your Fears anxiety treatment group at JFK and now runs these groups in her private practice with the assistance of doctoral students studying clinical psychology. This group is designed for high-functioning children with an autism spectrum diagnosis, who are verbally fluent, and also have difficulties managing their anxiety. This is a well-researched anxiety treatment curriculum created by Drs. Judy Reaven, Audrey Blakeley-Smith, Shana Nichols, and Susan Hepburn, that is based on cognitive-behavioral treatment principles. This group focuses on helping children and their parents identify worries, develop coping strategies, and practice “facing their fears” with guidance and support from group facilitators. Parent participation is required.
Dr. Kimel provides psycho-legal consultation to lawyers who are involved in cases where there are individuals with developmental disabilities that are involved with the legal system. She has been doing this for about three years. She is usually asked to conduct detailed evaluations to determine the culpability of individuals with with autism spectrum disorders, but she has also worked on several civil cases involving such individuals. Her reports are usually highly regarded by both sides and are considered objective and helpful in determining appropriate consequences for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.
Workshops and Speaking Engagements Dr. Kimel provides parenting, teaching, and legal support and guidance through engaging, informative and supportive workshops and speaking engagements. Please see the attached link to see when Dr. Kimel spoke on 9 News while volunteering at the 9 Health Fair.