Fact

Early-childhood trauma can lead to memory problems and mental and cognitive declines later in life because early emotional stress can lead to a slow decline in neuron communication within the brain, particularly in the region associated with learning and memory recall. (JN, 2005)

Early Childhood Program

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EARLY INTERVENTION IS KEY

Ozark Guidance believes that the strength of our communities lies in the strength of our families. The Early Childhood Program was developed to provide a source of early intervention for families with children 3-5 years of age who need therapeutic help. We offer early intervention/prevention, outpatient, community-based, and day treatment services.

OUTPATIENT/COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES

The Outpatient Program provides therapy services in an office setting at Ozark Guidance, which can include paraprofessional support in the home and/or child’s school setting.

The Community-Based Program offers therapeutic services in your home, preschools, or other community sources. We have partnered with Children’s House, Public Pre-Kindergarten programs, and area Head Start Programs to facilitate access to our services.

THE GUIDANCE WE GIVE

The Early Childhood Program believes in taking a holistic approach to early intervention, prevention, and treatment. This approach is inclusive of parents working with a board certified child & adolescent psychiatrist, nurse, therapists, and paraprofessionals.

SPECIALIZED TREATMENT

The staff of the Early Childhood Program is highly trained in evidence-based practices in the areas of family therapy, childhood development, and behavior management in order to bring about positive change in the home and school settings. Additional speech, occupational, and physical therapies are offered when necessary.

A strong focus of therapy at the Early Childhood Program is on Play Therapy. Play is the child’s natural way of communicating just as talking is to adults.

HOW DOES PLAY THERAPY WORK?

Special toys help the children say things that they may have difficulty saying with words. Trained play therapists understand what is being communicated through play. The child begins to feel better because the feelings have been released.

DOES MY CHILD NEED PLAY THERAPY?

Most children experience difficulty coping at some time and exhibit behaviors which concern parents and teachers.

If you, your child’s teacher, or physician is concerned about behavior or difficulty adjusting contact the Early Childhood Program.

 PROJECT PLAY-POSITIVE LEARNING FOR ARKANSAS’ YOUNGEST

Project PLAY matches early childhood mental health consultants with early care education providers throughout the state of Arkansas. Consultants will work with the child care center directors and staff to meet the challenges they face each day. This FREE service offers innovative techniques proven to positively impact the social and emotional development of Arkansas’ preschool children.

Project Play

For more information visit familymedicine.uams.edu/projectplay

 

How To Refer

Please contact the Early Childhood Program at 479-725-5160.