Early Childhood Mental Health Services
These services are best demonstrated through cognitive, social, emotional, and physical maturity. For young children, it’s the ability to develop trusting relationships, express appropriate emotions, and interact well with others.
Our early childhood therapists can help very young children and their parents or guardians develop these abilities.
The Importance of Healthy Relationships
Children are wired for relationships. Healthy relationships with adults is crucial for their development of trust, empathy, and conscience and helps them develop curiosity, self-direction, persistence, cooperation, care, and conflict-resolution skills.
Some Interesting Facts about Children’s Need for Healthy Relationships
Establishing a close bond with a primary caregiver is a major developmental task for infants and toddlers and it begins in pregnancy.
From their first moments of life children rely on adults for their physical and emotional needs in order to take risks and try new things.
As they grow, children form relationships with caregivers that shape a healthy sense of self.
Need for Early Intervention
Emotional problems affect a child’s ability to regulate behavior, and mental health problems can negatively affect a child’s relationships and social development.
- Children who experience serious emotional difficulty face risks of early school difficulty.
- Interventions that happen early, when a child’s brain is still developing, can make a significant difference in that child’s development.
- Learning about a disorder or behavioral issue, knowing how to get help, and discovering the strategies for treatment will help ensure a child receives appropriate and timely care.
Family Innovations specializes in young children and has had great success achieving the most important early-childhood goals:
- Effective Communication
- Improved Self-regulation
- Positive Relationships
- Secure Attachments
- Social Competence
Family Innovations’ proven therapy focuses on a nurturing environment within trusted relationships. We start with assessment and then move toward a diagnostics and development of treatment plan.
The assessment process
In our treatment of early childhood mental health, we perform assessments on children depending on their age:
- For children from 0-3 years old, we use the DC:0-3R Diagnostic Classification System.
- For children ages 4 and above, the DSM-V assessment (from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, 5th Addition)
The results of these assessments help us identify any mental health needs or disorders. They also help us develop a treatment and therapy plan.
A Great Place to Find Help:
The Kid’s Place
The Kid’s Place, which opened in 2012, was designed especially for kids and their families. At The Kid’s Place, clients will find a fun and kid-friendly waiting room, caring therapists specifically trained in children’s mental health counseling, an office built for play therapy and a special room created for the cutting edge therapy model, Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT).
The Kid’s Place is located at our Centerville location.