Young Children’s Assessment and Treatment Services (YCATS)
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This medically supervised children’s mental health program is for children from birth through kindergarten and their families. It includes diagnostic assessments, individual/family counseling, group therapy, day treatment, and consultation/prevention services.YCATS works to meets the needs of children experiencing one or more of the following:
- Emotional problems
- Oppositional behavior, such as arguing, talking back, annoying others or refusing to follow directions
- Regulation disorders, such as the inability to control behavior, being overly emotional or having trouble with sleeping or eating
- Attachment disorders, such as being overly friendly with strangers or making poor eye contact, stiffening or withdrawing when approached or touched
- Attention/hyperactivity disorders, such as an inability to stay with an activity, has difficulty following directions, acts without thinking, can’t stay seated, is always on the go “as if driven by a motor”
- Eating disorders
- Abuse/neglect issues
- Relationship and social disorders
In addition to the above, children may have other problems such as:
- Developmental delays that can appear as not speaking, running, walking or behaving as well as others his or her age, or seeming younger than he or she is.
- Language processing difficulties such as appearing forgetful, having difficulty with directions, saying things that are hard to follow or don’t make sense.
- Sensory-integration issues, such as running into objects and/or people, being overly sensitive to noise or touch, complaining of tags in clothes or about how clothes fit.
- The primary goal of YCATS' services is to help the child function in the community while helping the child's family better understand and help the child. While the child is the direct focus of this program, the child's family is also an important part of the treatment.
Services offered include:
- Diagnostic Assessment: an initial clinical interview which determines treatment needs and recommendations.
- Strengths-Based Behaviorally Focused Group Therapy: group therapy focused on building strengths and skills and decreasing problem behaviors in a group setting with other young children.
- Individual/Family Counseling: therapy involving the child and family members when indicated, a collaborative effort with the therapist and the family to identify and meet treatment goals.
- Early Childhood Day Treatment Services: a structured program offered 4 days per week, for 3 hours per day, for children with more serious behavior problems who are having difficulty functioning in a childcare or school setting, the goal being to help the child to succeed in other environments.
- Infant/Toddler Mental Health Services: offered in the home when clinically indicated.
- Consultation/Prevention Work and Training: based on the needs of the consumer, mental health consultation and training is delivered in a collaborative manner to area preschool and childcare centers to help manage challenging behaviors in the classroom, and to address the needs of individual children, in those settings, with mental health issues.
- Occupational Therapy: evaluation and treatment when indicated, sensory–motor integration therapy.
YCATS staffing includes a full range of mental health professionals specializing in the treatment of young children and their families. Child psychiatrists, licensed social workers, licensed counselors, and occupational therapists are all available to serve your child and family.
For more information, call (937) 734-8333.