It can be argued that the most important time in a child's life is between the ages of birth to age five. Birth to five is a critical age for brain developmental, meeting milestones, and forming healthy attachments. Stranger danger, identifying who safe adults are, gaining independence, and exploring through various forms of play all occur during this age range. Birth to five also presents with challenges such as the "terrible twos" and growing into "threenagers".
Birth to five therapy often focuses on the relationships and attachment between a child and caregiver(s). When children feel safe and have their needs met, they are able to explore, grow, and learn an emotional vocabulary. They are also able to learn skills that can help them throughout their lives.
Providing therapeutic services for early childhood requires advanced knowledge of both normative and what is considered atypical development. Nesting Connections offers early childhood therapy by an endorsed Infant Mental Health Specialist (IMH-E). In addition to being endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist, Rachel has completed a certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of Minnesota. Rachel is also a verified provider in the sate of Minnesota of DC:0-5 Diagnostic Assessments. Having assessments completed by a verified provider ensures that the clinician has met specific criteria and that they are competent in assessing children at this young age.