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Early Childhood Mental Health

Incredible Years® Classroom DINA Program

The Dinosaur Social Skills and Problem Solving curriculum® is a child training curriculum that strengthens children’s social, emotional and academic competencies such as understanding and communicating feelings, using effective problem-solving strategies, managing anger, practicing friendship and conversational skills, as well as appropriate classroom behaviors.

Incredible Years® Parent Preschool Program

The Preschool Basic parenting program strengthens parent-child interactions and attachment, reducing harsh discipline and fostering parents’ ability to promote children’s social, emotional and language development. Parents learn how to build school readiness skills and are encouraged to partner with teachers and day care professionals so they can promote children’s emotional regulation and social skills. In the parenting groups, trained Incredible Years® facilitators use video clips of real-life situational vignettes to support the training and trigger parenting group discussions, problem solving and practice exercises.

UPSTREAM Program

Alta Behavioral Health’s UPSTREAM Program is a home-based literacy and social skills program provided to families of children in preschool through second grade. The goal of the program is to increase a parent’s/guardian’s ability to nurture their child’s social, emotional and literacy development so he or she is better prepared to succeed in school. The aim of working with preschool age children is to better prepare them for kindergarten. The aim of the elementary age program is to prepare children for the third grade Reading Guarantee.

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

ECMH Consultants provide support services to children, teachers and parents in early care settings to help children succeed in their early learning environments. The goal of ECMHC is to promote healthy social, emotional and behavioral development in young children and to support families and early child care professionals’ capacity to meet children’s social and emotional needs. This is accomplished through developmental screening and assessment, teacher classroom support, parent support and professional development.

Early Childhood Professional Development

Early care providers must keep abreast of the important changes and advances that are occurring in education and development in order to support the social, emotional and behavioral development of young children. Our trainers provide high-quality professional development trainings that are rooted in best practices. These trainings deepen teachers’ content knowledge and teaching skills, while providing opportunities for practice, research and reflection. Training topics include Flip It®, Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) Training Modules and the New Ohio/Georgetown Model. Other ECMH and wellness topics cover challenging behaviors, communicating with children and families, creating teamwork, managing toxic stress for caregivers, poverty, and understanding cultural differences.