Parents Offered Assistance Treating Children with Mental Disorders

RIVERSIDE – Finding treatment for children 5 years old and younger with developmental challenges can be accomplished with a phone call or email to the Riverside County Children and Families Commission.

The agency, better known as ”First 5 Riverside,” has started a program called ”Growing Healthy Minds,” which focuses on aiding parents and grandparents raising youngsters with developmental problems.

According to First 5, government and nonprofit groups have partnered to offer free assistance to people raising children with temporary disorders, such as behavioral issues, or those with more serious therapeutic needs, including Down syndrome and autism.

An estimated 165,000 children ages 5 and under reside in the county.

”Regardless of economic or immigration status of children, Growing Healthy Minds offers parent and relative caregiver support groups, mother and father mental health groups and numerous services to help families with effective ways of dealing with a child’s mental health development,” according to a First 5 statement.

Workshops are planned in the coming months about understanding and responding to crying babies, separation anxiety and nutritional health.

The Growing Healthy Minds program provides 24-hour multilingual assistance via the county’s 2-1-1 line, or by logging onto http://www.GrowingHealthyMinds.org.

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