The Department of Infant and Early Childhood Services (IECS) provides a full range of family-centered services that focus on young children, from birth to age six, and their primary caregivers. A fundamental principle of the Department is that healthy social-emotional development and secure, nurturing early relationships build the foundation for enduring psychological well-being and future success. The Department’s focus on encouraging the development of healthy attachment relationships in early infancy and childhood is key to IECS’s philosophy and vision.
IECS Department Services include:
Dyadic Therapy: serves to strengthen the parent/child bond and to enhance effective parenting skills.
Individual Play Therapy: focuses on assisting preschool children to acquire emotional regulation, learn healthy socialization and coping skills, and assist them in the appropriate expression of emotions.
Family Therapy: creates change by recruiting parents and caregivers as active participants by learning skills necessary to advocate for their children and empower families towards success.
Group Therapy: creating a unique opportunity to build skills within a setting where support and encouragement abounds.
Working collaboratively, the mental health therapist, parents, teachers, and other service professionals assist the child in reaching his or her treatment goals as well as enhancing their behavioral, academic, emotional, and social success.
Parenting Training includes:
Families and Schools Together (FAST) Program
- Help children succeed in school
- Increase parent involvement in school and community activities
- Facilitate the use of positive discipline techniques
- Strengthen family communication
Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)
- Helping your child open up to you
- Therapeutic limit setting
- Recognizing emotional needs and building self-esteem
- Fostering creativity, self-control, and self-responsibility
- Help your baby sleep deeper
- Relieve gas and constipation
- Stimulate growth and development
- Reduce your stress level
- Improve bonding and communication between you and your baby
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”
– Charles R. Swindoll