First 5 – Early Childhood Counseling Services for Families w/ Children 0-5 Years

The first five years are a vital time in the life of a child. It is in these sensitive years that many intellectual, emotional and behavioral developments occur.

Many factors can impact healthy growth and development and early identification of the following struggles and needs can help keep your family on the right path for life:

  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention and hyperactivity
  • Speech, language and processing delays
  • Oppositional behaviors
  • Bonding problems
  • Adjustment issues

If your child exhibits signs of these or other concerns and they have not qualified for early intervention services, continuing to seek supportive services is still highly recommended. Whether it’s through individual or parent sessions, social skill groups for your child, or family counseling, Edgewood has experienced and knowledgeable counselors ready to support your child’s unique needs and develop a plan that fits your family. In partnership with multiple quality community programs, we can comprehensively assess your child’s development and progress and wrap them in the appropriate supports to help them flourish as they grow.

Sensitive Support

Our compassionate counselors at Edgewood always embrace a non-intrusive approach with the understanding that young children are vulnerable and sensitive. We offer age-appropriate methods in play and expressive arts to provide counseling for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary aged children, to help assess their needs and strengths, and work towards getting their entire family on the right track.

New Life Adjustment

Being a new parent is wonderful, but at times it can be really difficult and stressful, too. Edgewood counselors can join you in developing ways to get a handle on what to expect when you have your baby, managing the challenges that follow and understanding there is often more than one correct way to parent.

Bonding

Nothing better than board games.The intense attachment that develops between parents and their baby is a complex, personal experience that takes time. There’s no magic formula and it can’t be forced. Most infants are ready to bond immediately. You, as the parents, on the other hand, may have a mixture of feelings about it. Some parents feel an intense attachment within the first minutes or days after their baby’s birth. For others — especially if the baby is adopted, has been placed in intensive care, or has feeding struggles — it may take a bit longer. We can help you become more comfortable with your baby and help make your new routine becomes more predictable so that both you and your partner will feel more confident about all of the amazing aspects of raising your little one.

The Baby Blues or Post Partum Depression

The transition from pregnancy to parenthood is a major life adjustment — both physically and emotionally. You might feel happy one minute and tearful or overwhelmed the next. You might find yourself feeling angry, sad, irritable, or discouraged. We can help you work through these complex feelings and keep your adjustment to motherhood on the right track.

A Couple Changes

When your household grows from two to three, your relationship with your partner is also bound to change. And trouble spots in a relationship, such as who does more work around the house, can get worse if new parents don’t sit down and talk about what’s bothering them. Before, you were a couple. Now, you’re parents. How your day-to-day life changes is a huge adjustment and we are happy to help you navigate such an amazingly complicated time.

Welcoming Siblings

Preparing for a second child can be as rewarding and special as the first time. Helping your older child understand what to expect can lessen anxiety for both of you, and being aware of the changes to come is the best way to prepare for this joyous event. Older toddlers and kids might express their feelings to this adjustment by testing your patience, misbehaving, throwing tantrums, or refusing to eat. These problems are usually short-lived, and a little preparation can help an older child adjust to the idea of welcoming their new sibling. Together we can help create a smooth and successful transition of your next new addition to your family.

Kindergarten Prep

Current statistics show, every year, more than one million children with unidentified disabilities enter school with issues that put them behind their peers. We can help assess your child’s strengths, unique needs and determine opportunities for them to practice skills which will be necessary when entering school. Our individual, family and group counseling programs for Pre-K children focus on:

  • coping with changes in routine
  • becoming independent
  • developing self confidence
  • sticking with an activity until it is complete
  • anticipating the next activity with enthusiasm
  • demonstrating increased responsibility
  • communicating what is and isn’t understood and asking for help
  • talking with other children and interacting with them when they play
  • taking turns and sharing
  • imitating adult roles in pretend play
  • recognizing that other people have needs and being flexible

Whole Family Approach

Our supportive services also enable parents to strengthen their families and ready their children for kindergarten. The importance of readying your child for kindergarten cannot be overstated; one essential part of that readiness involves decreasing stressors and helping your family to be positive and strong for your child. Sensitivity to the challenges your family is going through is an integral part of our program. Supporting you as the parent helps to ensure a good learning environment in which important new skills we work together to introduce, can be learned and reinforced.

Writer Elizabeth Stone once said, “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” We’ll take care of your “heart” at Edgewood.