Social and Emotional Health

A growing body of evidence shows that emotional development begins early in life and is a critical aspect of the development of a child's overall brain architecture, with enormous consequences over the course of a lifetime. A child's emotional well-being and social competence provide a strong foundation for emerging cognitive abilities, and together they are the bricks and mortar that comprise the foundation of human development.

From birth, children rapidly develop their abilities to experience and express different emotions as well as their capacity to cope with and manage a variety of feelings. The development of these capabilities occurs at the same time as a wide range of highly visible skills in mobility (motor control), thinking (cognition), and communication (language). Yet, social-emotional development often receives relatively less recognition as a core emerging capacity in the early childhood years. The foundations of social competence developed in the first five years are linked to emotional well-being and affect a child's later ability to functionally adapt in school and to form successful relationships throughout life.

Southeast Michigan (CCSEM)
1070 S. Telegraph Rd.,Monroe, MI 48161
www.ccsem.org
CCSEM Women's Specialty Services    734-718-0323

Center for Healing Connections, LLC     734-755-9983
111 E. First St., Suite 200
Monroe, MI. 48161
(Trauma-Focused Therapy)

DaVinci's Brain     734-790-8063
49 South Monroe St. (lower level)
Monroe, MI. 48161
www.daVincisBrain.org
(Child and youth social and emotional programs)

Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline    242-SAFE
www.fcssmc.org

Family Counseling & Shelter Service    241-0180
Suite 106, 14930 LaPlaisance Rd.
Monroe, MI 48161
www.fcssmc.org

Foster Home Liscensing Information    734-625-7286
    OR 855-MICHKIDS

Gabby's Ladder, Inc. (Grief Counseling)    242-8773
431 East Elm Avenue
Monroe, MI 48162
www.gabbysladder.org  

Hands Across the Water    734-639-2234
781 Avis Dr., Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
HATW.org
(Adoption and Foster Care resources and support)

Humanistic Wellness Center    639-2262
750 S. Monroe St.
Monroe, MI 48161
humanisticwellnesscenter.com

Judson Center (Foster Care Support)    734-545-3831

Monroe Community Mental Health Authority    243-7340
1001 S. Raisinville Rd./P.O. Box 726
Monroe, MI 48161
www.monroecmha.org

ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital     240-1760
Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
730 N. Macomb St., Suite 200
Monroe, MI 48162

Importance of Attachment

Good "attachment" is the deep, long-lasting bond between your child and you during the baby's first several years of life. The early attachment years greatly affect your child's mind, body, emotions, relationships and moral values throughout his/her life. Provide good attachment by following these six easy steps:

1.    The most powerful way to establish human relationship is through loving touch, one of our basic needs. Infant massage and breastfeeding are two excellent examples of loving touch.
2.    Hold and handle your baby safely.
3.    Make eye contact. This helps your baby's brain grow, while teaching him to make eye contact and to have positive communication.
4.    Smile at your baby. Smiling helps the baby feel safe and secure, while providing warmth, joy and love.
5.    Have a positive attitude.
6.    Meet all of your baby's needs, unconditionally!

Research
Much research and resources are available by visiting the Great Start for Kids website.