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Awareness is the first step
A child 5 years and younger can already demonstrate social, emotional, behavioral and developmental problems that affect the child’s abilities to get along with parents, preschool teachers and their friends. Surprisingly, prekindergarten children are 3 times more likely to be expelled from school than Kindergarten-12th grade students combined.
Treating these problems early in life can lead to a better prognosis and favorable outcomes later in life. One of the first steps in recognizing if your child has an emotional, developmental, or behavioral problem is to speak with a youth and family mental health expert. Harbor’s Early Childhood Team of specialized clinicians will work together with you on strategies to help resolve the child’s social, emotional, behavioral and developmental issues. Harbor offers children, families and preschools the tools to be successful in the home, school, and neighborhood.  Sometimes, the challenging things young children do are a normal part of their development.  Other times, they are more than “just a phase” and need the attention of a professional.
May 6th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Awareness is the first step in driving attention to these types of children’s issues. Thru awareness then families are empowered to seek the help that their child may need. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 1) encourages parents and caregivers to nurture their child’s social and emotional well-being and 2)  that parents look for and discuss a child’s social and emotional milestones beginning at birth.  These two steps can help our youth reach their potential.
If you have concerns about your child’s developmental, emotional or social needs and want to talk to a professional in a confidential environment, please contact Harbor at 419.475.4449. Everyone needs help sometimes.  You can also visit our website at www.harbor.org to learn more about our services.