Early Childhood Mental Health Program
The Early Childhood Mental Health Program at UCEDD/CHLA uses an interdisciplinary approach to provide a comprehensive array of mental health services to children ages birth to five and their families. All our services are based in a relationship-based approach that recognizes the essential role of the parents/caregivers in the nurturing of attachment relationships and healthy child development. Our team approach to assessment and treatment involves integrated services by psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, home visiting therapists, speech-language therapists, and developmental-behavioral pediatricians.
Specialized services include:
- Behavior in Babies Clinic: Interdisciplinary assessment of babies (ages birth to 2 years) with high risk medical conditions, developmental delays, exposure to trauma, and social-emotional concerns.
- Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Assessment Clinic: Interdisciplinary assessment of young children (ages 3 – 5 years) with a variety of presenting concerns, including assessment of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, as well as behavioral, social-emotional, and trauma-related symptoms.
- Mental health interventions for children ages birth to five years and their families, primarily using dyadic therapy models that help parents and children to strengthen their attachment bonds and enjoyment of one another.
- "Growing Together": The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®/Floortime™) Model is a framework that helps clinicians, parents and educators conduct a comprehensive assessment and develop an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental challenges. The objectives of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model are to build healthy foundations for social, emotional, and intellectual capacities rather than focusing on skills and isolated behaviors
- Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative: hospital-, clinic-, and home-based infant-family services for young children receiving medical care in the CHLA Newborn Infant and Critical Care Unit and the High Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic.