Early Childhood Mental Health Services

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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

  1. Establishing a close bond with a primary caregiver is a major developmental task for infants and toddlers and it begins in pregnancy.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.


Birth-5 Development

Family Innovations specializes in young children and has had great success achieving the most important early-childhood goals:

  • Confidence
  • Curiosity
  • Effective Communication
  • Improved Self-regulation
  • Positive Relationships
  • Secure Attachments
  • Self-awareness
  • 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 0-5 years old, the DC:0-5 Diagnostic Classification System is used.
  • For children ages 6 and above, the DSM-V assessment (from the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, 5th Addition) is used.

The results of these assessments help us identify any mental health needs. They also help with the development of 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.

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Get Started

Family Innovations exists to serve people just like you. People on a journey. People who want the future to be better than the past. People who want to believe that the best is yet to come in their lives.
By beginning the process of counseling with one of our caring, qualified therapists, you are saying that you are ready for something better in your life. There are a couple different directions you can go from here:
You can call and talk to one of our intake specialists. They can help you find the right option for you.
You can complete a brief form that will prompt one of our intake specialists to call you.
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You can complete a New Client Registration Form that will register you as a new client and get the ball rolling.
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