Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Behaven Kids


Who can get help at Behaven Kids?
Our programs and services are for anyone in a caregiving position who is struggling with the challenges of raising a child. We can assist parents, foster parents, grandparents, teachers, child care center staff and more.

Are behavior problems with young children really a problem?
Ask any parent or caregiver who has “tried everything.”  The children we work with present significant behavior problems that are no longer manageable in the home, school or child care environment. Many children have been expelled from multiple centers and parents/guardians have exhausted all other resources. Behavior problems are a barrier to essential growth and development that is crucial for current and future social and educational success.

If you are beyond thinking “boys will be boys” or “she’s just a free spirit” and need help, please contact the Behaven Kids program nearest you.


Who pays for Behaven Kids services?
Highly trained staff at Behaven Kids will help each family identify applicable funding resources. Assistance may be available through private insurance, school districts, state child welfare agencies or Medicaid. We also accept private pay. Please contact the program nearest you to discuss your options.

How old are the children you help at the Specialized Day Program?
Children who receive services at the Specialized Day Program typically range in age from 18 months to 8 years. We can help children of all ages through other services, such as individual and family counseling.

What kinds of behaviors do you address in the Specialized Day Program?
Behaviors range from simple not listening to directions to severe aggression.  Some examples include eating problems, verbal aggression, screaming, physical violence such as hitting, kicking, and biting, property damage and destruction, potty training, bed wetting, bowel movement problems and fears, asking permission, sharing, non-compliance, defiance, anger, lying, getting along with other children and acting out impulsively.

It’s not always easy to classify a child into a particular diagnosis, but if your child has been evaluated and has been diagnosed with a behavior disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), be assured that most of our children in the Specialized Day Program are commonly showing behaviors in these categories.

How long will my child stay in the Specialized Day Program?
You might be surprised to learn that the average length of stay in our Specialized Day Program is typically 2.5 to 3 months. However, we are not a time-based program. Treatment is very individualized and children remain in the program as long as needed to improve behaviors.

What makes our program so successful is that we believe parents are experts when it comes to their own children. We learn what techniques parents/caregivers are using at home and build on their strengths. Weekly family counseling puts the whole family on the same page and helps to ensure parents feel comfortable working with their child’s behavior at home. Thus, children generally have a quicker rate of success.

I’d like to enroll my child in the Specialized Day Program. What is my first step?
Please call the program nearest you for a free consultation and to schedule a program tour. We want every parent to feel comfortable and confident with the decision to enroll a child in our Specialized Day Program. A referral from a doctor, school or counselor is not necessary.

Does my child have to attend the Specialized Day Program for counseling?
No. Counseling and therapy services are avaliable to all ages through Outpatient Therapy Services performed by our entire staff of licensed therapists

I’d like to learn more about the counseling services that Behaven Kids offers. How do I get help?
Referrals are accepted from anyone who desires help for a troubled family – just call the program nearest you. Families can contact Behaven Kids directly, or referrals can be made through social service workers, school professionals or others.