An average of 1 in 10 children and adolescents in the United States experiences a mental health issue each year. Left untreated, poor mental health can effect a child or teen's ability to learn, develop friendships, engage well with their families, and can even threaten their safety. Community Reach Center provides private, confidential, evidence-based counseling for children, teens, and their families at any of the Center's five outpatient offices, in most Adams County public schools, and in other community-based settings.
Early Childhood Services Program
The Early Childhood Services Program is dedicated to the promotion of social, emotional and behavioral well-being of children six years of age and younger and their families. Therapists with the Early Childhood Services team provide:
- Individual, group, and family therapy
- Psychiatric services
- Mental health consultation and care coordination in close collaboration with others in the child's life.
A team of therapists who specialize in mental health treatment of young children provides services for children and their families who need help with:
- Forming close and healthy relationships with family and peers.
- Regulating and expressing feelings such as irritability, frustration, sadness, anger, fear or anxiety.
- Developing strategies to address behaviors such as aggression, defiance, poor impulse control or difficulties adjusting to change.
- Managing stress-related symptoms, such as recurrent nightmares, sleep or eating difficulties, or challenges with bladder/bowel elimination.
- Managing responses to traumatic experiences, such as abuse/neglect, family/community violence, removal from home, family illness/death, divorce/separation, family substance abuse or parental mental health concerns.
The Early Childhood Services team provides mental health treatment for children and families in comfortable, child-friendly settings at either Community Reach Center's Mountainland Pediatrics building located at 8889 Fox Dr., Ste. B, Thornton, or at the Brighton Learning & Resource Campus, 1850 E. Egbert St., 2nd Floor. For more information, call Lauren Jassil at (303) 853-3832.
View or download our Early Childhood Services Program Brochure.
Occupational Therapy at the Early Childhood Services Program
Rocky Mountain Kid Therapy provides on-site occupational therapy at the Mountainland Pediatrics location at 8889 Fox Drive, Thornton, and the Brighton Office, 1850 Egbert Street, 2nd floor. At the current time, Rocky Mountain Kid Therapy only accepts Medicaid insurance. Occupational Therapy has been proven effective in treating children with Sensory Integration Disorder.
Sensory Integration is how the brain interprets information from our senses - touch, sight, taste, smell, hearing, and balance - so that we can respond appropriately to our environment. Infants who were exposed to drugs, alcohol, or trauma while still in their mothers' womb can develop sensory integration problems.
Behaviors often associated with Sensory Integration Disorder include:
- Problems with fine or gross motor skills.
- Either an aversion to or a craving for touch.
- Either unusually low or unusually high activity levels.
- Inability to calm themselves.
- Poor sleeping patterns.
- Anxiety about ordinary sights, sounds, touches, and smells.
- Avoidance of eye contact.
- Seems oblivious to pain.
Children who display symptoms of Sensory Integration Disorder are first assessed by a therapist with the Early Childhood Services Team and then may be referred to Occupational Therapy for additional therapy to support the child's overall Treatment Plan. For more information about Sensory Integration Disorder and Occupational Therapy, please contact Stacy LaBar, (303) 886-5348.