In this video Nicole Mion, an Early Intervention Specialist and Child Development Master Teacher from the Northern California Children’s Therapy Center’s Help Me Grow Yolo County program, describes common frustrations between child and caregiver and walk you through how you can better understand each other. Topics include Managing Expectations (yours and theirs) and Managing Transitions
Peri Walker, a speech therapist talks about typical speech language development and potential red flags.
Rika Matsuda, physical therapist, demonstrates how to facilitate helping children transition from a laying position to sitting.
Elli Seal-Mayr, occupational therapist, discusses sleeping issues for young children.
Peri Walker, speech therapist, discusses oral motor skills-movements in mouth used for speech and eating and exercises to do at home.
Andrea Krause, occupational therapist, discusses early self care skill handwashing. Topics include Managing Expectations (yours and theirs) and Managing Transitions
Peri Walker, a speech therapist talks about floortime, a play based developmental approach that can be used with any child.
Andrea Krause, occupational therapist, discusses how parents can work with their children on getting dressed.
Katie Nguyen, speech pathologist, shows common signs that can be used with young children.
Peri Walker, a speech therapist talks about how to help your child’s chewing skills, specifically from puree to solid food.
What is Help Me Grow Yolo County?
Help Me Grow Yolo County is a proud program of the Northern California Children’s Therapy Center and First 5 Yolo. First 5 Yolo funds Help Me Grow Yolo County and aggregate data is shared by First 5 Yolo.
The mission of Help Me Grow Yolo County is to promote healthy development for every child in our community. We offer free and confidential services connecting families with children birth through 5 to community resources. Providing information and resources that strengthen and address the individual needs of families. We help families who have questions about their child’s developmental milestones do our best to connect them to support.
Help Me Grow Yolo is proud to be a part of Yolo County Trauma Informed Network of Care. Please learn more here. As a part of this network of care our goals are to build and support resilience in our community.
Help Me Grow is a comprehensive and integrated national system designed to address the need for early identification of developmental and/or behavioral needs and to link children and their families to community-based developmental and behavioral services and supports.
Early detection and connection to services lead to the best outcomes for children with developmental or behavioral challenges. Early detection and intervention are critical for optimal outcomes for children, but too often children miss this opportunity. Help Me Grow Yolo County provides free developmental screenings to promote early detection and intervention.
Help Me Grow supports families, child health care, early care and education, and human service providers. The community can use Help Me Grow to identify early signs of developmental or behavioral concerns and the available community resources to address their needs.
What is Help Me Grow Yolo County? By calling the Help Me Grow Yolo County at 1-844-410-GROW (4769) or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, parents, childcare providers, early educators, and health care providers can access all services for all young children who live in Yolo County in real-time. If they would like further information, a free developmental screening is offered to determine any areas that may need additional support.
Meet the Team
Having learned firsthand how challenging it can be to access the resources your family needs, Brenda has to remind herself to be patient with offering all the help she has to offer! She knows how important it is to let families know that they are heard and that someone is there for them. Brenda’s compassion is matched by her experience and expertise. From her childhood as a babysitter and camp leader, to her degree in early childhood development, her time as a teacher and then community program leader – all power her to close the gap between the families in need and the services that will make all the difference. Brenda is ready to connect, ready to care. Ready to guide families on a path to being empowered.
Nicole didn’t even know that she could dream to have her role at Help Me Grow, which is saying a lot – since she’s dreamed of working with children since she was a child herself! Nicole has continued her education throughout her career allowing her to serve as not only an infant specialist, an early intervention specialist, an early childhood mental health practitioner and a child development master teacher. Nicole loves that this allows her to care for the overall wellbeing of the families she serves. What fulfills Nicole the most is hearing from parents that she is able to provide the exact perfect support they need.
Born in the US to first-generation immigrants, Mayra knows the challenges facing immigrant families. Early on, Mayra knew she wanted to give back to her community. Her passion to help children is matched by her passion to earn the trust of the families Help Me Grow serves. Always willing to go the extra mile and bring resources to where they are needed most, Mayra will often drive to meet families with transportation challenges. Mayra is proud to know that families she has served have referred friends and neighbors. She takes that responsibility to heart and makes sure that she is there to offer compassionate and meaningful help to every family she serves.
Jennifer was born and raised in Woodland in a third generation Yolo County family that has deep connections to the community, but also had some struggles along the way. Only in college did Jennifer realize that being in need of support services wasn’t typical for every family. She had plenty of time for discovery at college – as she earned a grand total of three degrees in early childhood development. That background mixed with her incredible knowledge and expertise, combined with ten years as a preschool teacher in Woodland – made Jennifer the perfect candidate to build the Help Me Grow program and now serves as the program coordinator.
The Help Me Grow System
The core components of the Help Me Grow system have been shown to decrease medical costs, build family resilience and protective factors, as well as maximize the efficiency of social service networks by creating a pathway for access to services through a central utilization model. Help Me Grow is here to help families access existing resources for children through age five. The core components of the Help Me Grow system are:
For more information:
Northern California Children’s Therapy Center
Help Me Grow National
Help Me Grow California
First 5 California
First 5 Yolo