The early years provide the foundation for mental health. Significant mental health concerns can and do occur in young children. In some cases, these concerns can have serious consequences for early learning, social competence and lifelong health. (National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, 2008/2012).
Universal screening of the mental health of infants/young children and their caregivers can:
To learn more about the areas of focus that impact healthy social emotional development refer to Social Emotional Development in the Early Years: A Common Message Paper (2nd Ed.).
Based on Rosenbaum, P. & Gorter, J.W (2012), The ‘F-words’ in Childhood Disability: I swear this is how we should think! Child: Care, Health and Development, (38) 4. Visit CanChild for more resources. CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research: www.canchild.ca
Implement multiple strategies to screen for infants/young children's social-emotional well-being.
Principles of Halton's Early Years Mental Health Community Model of Care.
Halton's Early Years Mental Health Community Model of Care
Call 311 for assistance in finding the appropriate level of service to help families access the right people, who can provide the right services at the right time.
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