Parenting in the early years can feel like you are in a never ending game of charades trying to make sense out of an array of behaviors and emotions, all without a timer to end the round or the ability to see the cue-card. We understand that your little one does not have the language yet to express what happened to them to cause such a big response. This can cause frustration, breed exhaustion, and stir up feelings of helplessness. In the end, it may have a significant impact on the parent-child relationship, which is an initial template for how your child will filter through all other relationships in his/her life. The central goal of our 0-5 therapy is to provide the parents/caregivers with a personalized “cue-card,” or an effective translator, to understand how your little ones’ behaviors and expressions, is actually their way of communicating what is going on with them and what they are feeling.
When you have concerns so early on in a child’s life, it is hard for parents to of course not take it personally – feeling as if they did something wrong or are the cause. In our 0-5 therapy, we never pass judgement towards the parents/caregivers. We know the best way to get to the root of any issue is to take the time to understand through gaining the family and child’s history, learning about what has worked and not worked in the past, noticing the child’s actions in response to the parent(s)/caregiver(s), provide knowledgeable psycho-education to infant/early childhood development, and wondering if new interventions or interactions can be incorporated. Since children, birth-five, cannot be understood or viewed apart from their environment – they are dependent on their parents/caregivers for nourishment, hygiene, sleep, socialization, emotional regulation, and understanding, The 0-5 therapeutic services at Journeys will include the parent(s)/caregiver(s) and focus on supporting the relationship between the parent/caregiver and the child.
Once your child is a participant in these trusting sessions, therapy will often be done through play as this is a child’s primary language and means of learning. We strive to connect with the child to make them feel more comfortable. Parents/Guardians are always encouraged to engage in this portion of therapy as well, creating an accepting and welcoming space for all.
You can set up a parental and personalized consultation appointment with our knowledgeable 0-5 Therapist, where you can discuss your child’s present needs and collaborate with the therapist on what type of assessments will be needed prior to developing an individualized and effective treatment plan for your child and incorporating them in their treatment.
We generally recommend scheduling a specialized assessment with a trusted Journeys counselor to evaluate what your child or family’s specific needs are, as well as determining best the options for treatment and more precise answers to the questions you may have about the process. The Journeys team strives to provide you with the best fit professionally, and will happily direct you to the counselor with the best personality, expertise and approach for your family.
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