Autism is a spectrum of developmental disorders, many of which can be identified in a child's first two years of life. These disorders can vary from mild to severe. A family with an autistic child or children has the potential to face long-term complex challenges, if not identified and treated. The Kahala Clinic understands that with every autistic child, a unique treatment plan must be made and that every family has a special story and experience. We provide special care and attention and take the extra steps to ensure that the child and their family gets the treatment and support they need.
There is nothing more concerning then noticing that your child is not hitting the bench marks for his age, or behaving like your other children did. As a mother, you just know something is going on. You can only imagine how nerve racking it was to take your child to a child psychiatrist for the first time. Lucky for me, Dr. Bell was so welcoming and reassuring, she listened to my concerns and observed my son before giving me a diagnosis. She was very easy to talk to and answered any questions I had. The best part was that she works with a great team of doctors. They meet together and come up with the best plan for your child. They had my son come to the clinic twice a week to work with their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), who is amazing. My son improved his communication skills so much working with The Kahala Clinic team. You just know they really care about the well being of your child, when everyone there knows your child and interacts with him and celebrates with you and your child when he makes accomplishments. While my son mostly worked with the behavioral analyst and behavioral technician, Dr. Bell still met with my son and I to go over progress and concerns and make sure they were providing the best care for my son. I am so happy I found this place and had the opportunity for my son to work with these amazing doctors. They really were a huge stepping stone for my son's growth in communication and laid the foundation that he will continue to grow upon. Thank you so much to the Kahala Clinic team for time dedicated to helping my son, there really are no words that can express my gratitude.
We had never considered seeking help from a psychiatrist before, but we faced a challenge with our child that lead us to The Kahala Clinic for Children and Family. Dr. Bell was highly recommended and now we can add to that. She is upbeat, intuitive, approachable and truly wants to provide excellent care - you will see progress with her help. She is nothing short of extraordinary!
Dr. Keifer is a practical, no non-sense doctor. He doesn't push medication as a first resort. He is solution-focused. He is currently working with our six-year old son which involves working heavily with us as his parents. He is genuine and caring. We have met and worked with a few psychiatrists and also behavioral specialists and psychologists, but none has helped us more than Dr. Keifer. He is not your typical psychiatrist, we think he's much better.