The Newest Resource for Special Needs Kids

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Your pediatrician offers same day appointments. The nurse line is open 24 hours a day. Heck, Web MD is always there when you need it. So why is it, when it comes to your child’s mental health, you have to get in line for an appointment that might be months away? Behavior issues, developmental delays, potential Asperger’s, ADHD or even Autism… these are things you want to have assessed ASAP. So here’s a tip: Cadence Family Therapy, a group practice that just opened up in Kirkland, can see you now.

Say your preschooler is falling apart on a daily basis. How do you know if those tantrums or mood swings are “normal”? Ditto for the tween years – is it pre-puberty moodiness or something more serious? What about the life changes your kiddos may have recently experienced – a death in the family, divorce, or a serious illness? Perhaps you suspect that your child is extremely gifted – what then? With an estimated 20 – 25% of children with diagnosable emotional or behavioral disorders according to the National Institute of Mental Health, you’re not alone in your search for the answers.


Here is what Cadence offers: Mental health services for kids ages 2 – 21 and their parents, addressing everything from disruptive behaviors to family relationship and parenting strategies; learning disabilities, giftedness, and autism spectrum, plus issues related to depression and anxiety. Services include individual and family therapy, testing, in-home or school consultation and support, group classes, and team-based wraparound support for intensive needs. Evidence-based methods such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and family therapy are incorporated in the process.

Led by clinical director Ronnie Cunningham, PhD, with a team of psychologists and masters-level therapists, Cadence has coordinated support through alliances with Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington, local pediatricians, and many public and private schools in the Seattle and Eastside areas.


Cadence Family Therapy
5210 Carillon Point
Kirkland, Wa 98033

Are you the parent of a special needs kid? What local resources have worked well for you?

— Allison Ellis

Photo 1 courtesy of Allison and photo 2 courtesy of Clarkston SCAMP via Flickr