Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WI-AIMH) leads the way in advocacy and education surrounding the value of mental health consultation for infants and toddlers. WIAAP partners with WI-AIMH, public health and advocacy organizations to encourage the use of mental health consultation for parents and caregivers, home visitors, Head Start, special education, early care and education, faith-based organizations and other places kids grow and learn.
Consultation with trained early childhood mental health professionals gives our youngest kids and their caregivers strategies for positive behavior long before they start school, so all kids are ready to learn. Long-term, kids grow up to be more successful, more prosperous and more engaged members of our communities. Understanding the socio-emotional needs of children before they start school readies them for lifelong learning and success.
As Wisconsin embraces consultation as a valuable early prevention and intervention strategy, it is critical to have a shared understanding of best practice guidelines for what infant and early childhood mental health consultation is, how it’s delivered and who should be providing it. These guidelines were developed by this group of Wisconsin experts, to provide specific frameworks for who, where, when and how infant mental health consultation should be provided.