We know too well that infants aren’t delivered to their parents with an instruction book. Each child’s behavior, temperament, and reaction to the world is unique, and sometimes children can develop some strange behaviors that cause parents and teachers a great deal of frustration.
As a parent, you may wonder whether your toddler’s temper tantrums are “normal,” or why your three-year-old prefers communicating physically rather than verbally, or whether you should be concerned if your preschooler displays a fascination with fires, or is intent to hurt animals. What is normal behavior? When should you be concerned? Up until now, if you didn’t have health insurance or didn’t qualify for Medicaid, you had few options in getting your questions answered, or finding the appropriate help. Our Early Childhood Program can now provide the help and services you need. The cost to families will be on a sliding scale fee, based on household income and numbers in the family.
If you’re a day care provider, Headstart, or preschool teacher, you may find it difficult to do your job when certain children exhibit some socially unacceptable behaviors. What help is available? When should you seek intervention? What can you and the parents be doing? Our Early Childhood Program can now assist you!
Thanks to funding from the State of Colorado for community behavioral health centers, Spanish Peaks Behavioral Health Centers developed an Early Childhood Program, for children from birth to five years of age and their parents. Behavioral health services will be provided to families with preschool kids who have no health insurance or do not qualify for Medicaid under this program. These services are also available to those with Medicaid benefits, other insurance benefits, and fee-for-service.
The Early Childhood Program at Health Solutions provides the following services:
- Direct services and therapy to children from birth to five years and their parents
- Consultation services are available for families, educators, and for integrated service providers
- Psychiatric assessments
- Medication administration and management, if indicated
- Psychiatric consultations
- Referrals to appropriate parenting groups or outside provider
By providing these services, it is the intention of the State of Colorado and Spanish Peaks Behavioral Health Centers that we will be able to achieve the following outcomes:
- Improve access to behavioral health services for preschool children
- Reduce the number of preschool and daycare expulsions as a result of behavioral problems
- Improve school readiness for participating preschool children by helping them meet their behavioral health needs
- Provide assistance to child care and preschool center teachers so that they can develop increased proficiency in recognizing and dealing with troubling behaviors
- Provide early intervention services to preschool children, thereby preventing more serious problems from surfacing later