Ann Martin Center is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children, youth, and their families in Alameda County by providing psychotherapy, educational therapy, diagnostic assessment, and training. We promote healthy emotional development and effective learning skills. We nurture confidence, resilience, and the ability to make positive choices that strengthen caring relationships, independence, and productivity. The Center is distinguished by its emphasis on both emotional and educational support.
Psychological and Educational Testing Services
Ann Martin Center offers comprehensive psychological and educational assessment services for children and adolescents. Our assessments can provide insight into a child’s social-emotional, intellectual, and academic functioning.
Ann Martin Center sponsors ongoing free lectures and workshops as part of a commitment to Community Education. We offer presentations for parents and caregivers as well as for educators and child mental health professionals. Suggestions for topics or speakers are welcome.
Cornerstone Therapeutic Playgroup
The Cornerstone Therapeutic Play Group at Ann Martin Center offers intensive therapy for preschoolers and kindergartners in an educational playgroup setting for children 3 to 6 years of age. A small group of 4 to 6 children participate in an hour and a half playgroup that meets two times per week. Families receive ongoing support and feedback from an experienced child therapist and an early childhood education specialist. This program can supplement a regular preschool, daycare, kindergarten, or special education class.
Who Might Benefit
The Cornerstone program has been found effective for children suffering from a variety of emotional and developmental difficulties, including those associated with autism spectrum.
Specifically, children ages 3 to 6 years of age benefit in receiving support “here-and-now” with problems such as:
Poor social skills or difficulties making friends
Emotional problems in learning or conforming to classroom rules
Failure to enjoy play and achievements
Conflicts over peer relationships
Difficulty with cooperation
Loss of emotional receptivity
Lapses of attention