Early Childhood Mental Health
Supporting Mental Health
Infant and early childhood mental health, also referred to as IECMH, is one of Easterseals’ main focuses. We know that it is important for babies to engage with responsive, consistent, and nurturing caregivers in safe and economically-secure environments. Babies with these experiences likely have strong emotional health.
As they mature, this emotional health supports growth and well-being in other areas.
- Physical Development and Health
- Cognitive Skills
- Language and Literacy
- Social Skills
- Learning Approach
- Readiness for School
Every child deserves the opportunity for a bright future. We at ESNG make it our mission to support their futures at an early age, starting with the emotional health of infants and young children.
Healthy Social-Emotional Development is a key component of ESNG’s early education and early intervention programs. In all of our birth to age five programs, children receive mental health screenings. We also implement The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children. The Pyramid Model is a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices and a tiered approach to providing universal support for children; it promotes wellness and targeted services to those who need more support and intensive services.
Easterseals North Georgia also incorporates Second Steps Social-Emotional Learning Program in our early education program. This program helps our littlest learners to harness their energy and potential by encouraging them to:
- Pay Attention
- Control Their Behavior
- Get Along with Others
Sometimes children need more intensive intervention, and for that, ESNG has Mental Health Specialists that work with these children, their families, and their teachers by using The Incredible Years Program.
The Incredible Years Program
The Incredible Years Training Series is a set of three comprehensive, multifaceted, and developmental-based curricula for parents, teachers, and children. The program is designed to promote emotional and social competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat aggression and emotional problems in young children 0 to 12 years old.