Birth to Six Program
1354 N. Westmoreland, Building A
Dallas, Texas 75211
The Birth to Six Program is designed for young children, ages birth to 6, who are experiencing serious emotional or behavioral difficulties at home, in school, or in daycare settings, or who are “at risk” for disruption of preferred living arrangement or child-care environment.
Our mission is to identify skills deficits and to design a program for the child that will correct the deficiencies. All services and treatment goals are designed in conjunction with the parent or guardian and the child.
Clinical services are offered in the community, the child's home, or the day care center.
The program accepts referrals from other community programs, individuals, and insurance companies. The program accepts public insurance through Value Options. The program also accepts Medicaid, private insurance, and self-pay clients.
The following services are available: Information and Referral, Psychiatric and Psychosocial Evaluation, Skills Training and Parent Training, and Service Coordination with Schools and Daycare Providers.
The Admission procedure involves the family participating in a comprehensive interview and discussion to gather history, identify needs, and develop goals. Families can call (214) 333-7015 to schedule an intake appointment or speak with staff to inquire about the program. After the interview, the family will be assigned a clinician who will meet with the family or child at home or day care on a weekly basis. Medication services, with a psychiatrist, are available if necessary.
Billie, a six-year-old child, was attending alternative school when he was first admitted to the program. He would never listen and cursed at the teacher often. At home he was physically violent and would push and hit his sister. During the first visit with the skills trainer, he threw an ottoman at her. The child’s mother was very stressed because the child’s father had just left the home. The child blamed Mom for Dad’s leaving and acted out his anger toward her.
The trainer worked on Mom’s regaining control in the household. She took away unearned privileges and used a reward system for appropriate behaviors. The child graduated from alternative school, and returned to his district school. There were no negative incidents there. He began following directions in school and he expressed his feelings in pro-social ways rather than cursing and hitting. He began liking to be a helper for his Mom and his teacher. He truly made an amazing turnaround