Early Childhood Mental Health Services at Family Innovations
Early Childhood Mental Health Services?
Early childhood mental health is reflected in appropriate cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. For very young children, it’s the ability to develop trusting relationships, express appropriate emotions, and interact well with others. It is as fundamental as playing. Our early childhood therapists can help very young children and their caregivers develop these abilities.
What is the importance of relationships?
Children are wired to form relationships. Establishing sensitive interactions with adults is crucial for their development of trust, empathy, and conscience. Nurturing relationships also help children develop curiosity, self-direction, persistence, cooperation, caring, and conflict-resolution skills.
- Establishing a close bond with a primary caregiver is a major developmental task for infants and toddlers and begins in pregnancy
- From their first moments of life, children rely on adults for their physical and emotional needs and begin to develop trust and a sense of security in order to take risks, explore their worlds, and try new things
- As they grow, children form relationships with caregivers that shape their self-image and provide the resilience needed to face new challenges
- Supportive relationships have a long-term influence on a child’s healthy development
What is the need for early intervention?
Because emotional problems tend to impact a young child’s ability to regulate behavior, mental health problems can negatively affect a child’s relationships and social development.
- Children who experience serious emotional difficulty also face risks of early school difficulty, while children who are emotionally well adjusted have a greater chance of early school success
- There is a natural advantage to interventions that happen during early childhood while a child’s brain is still developing; unfortunately, many young children do not receive needed interventions due to the stigma associated with mental health care, a parent’s fear their child will be labeled, the belief that the child can control the behavior, and a parent’s feelings of guilt and responsibility for their child’s problems
- Learning about the disorder, knowing how to get help and what strategies to pursue will help ensure a child receives appropriate and timely care
Who benefits from Early Childhood Development?
Family Innovations specializes in young children from birth to five years of age and has had great success achieving the most important early-childhood goals:
- Effective Communication
- Improved Self-regulation
- Positive Relationships
- Secure Attachments
- Social Competence
What does treatment involve?
Family Innovations uses a relationship-based reflective practice model to help treat children in the home or office. Our innovative and proven therapy focuses on a nurturing environment.
- Understanding the importance of the parent-child relationship
- Paying attention to the parents’ experiences with the child and the child’s social-emotional world
- Establishing a respectful, collaborative alliance with families
- Emphasizing parallel process, i.e. simultaneously processing incoming stimuli
- Encouraging reflection at all levels
What is the assessment requirements?
A mental health diagnostic assessment is available for children by age.
- DC:0-3R: Diagnostic Classification System for children birth to three years
- DSM-V: Diagnostic Statistical Manual, fifth edition, children four and above
Results are used to identify the type and extent of a child’s mental health disorder and appropriate treatment recommendations. Family Innovations strives for a mutually trusting working relationship with the child and family to help assess multiple factors that impact diagnosis.
What is The Kid’s Place?
Family Innovations’ commitment to providing quality mental health services to even the youngest clients led to a new facility being opened in the fall of 2012. The Kid’s Place 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).