If You are Concerned

Babies and young children often express what they feel through their behaviors.  Sometimes it can be hard to understand these behaviors.  It can also be hard to manage these behaviors – such as tantrums or long periods of crying. 

When a child has a social and emotional concern, their behaviors and emotions can

  • Interfere with their relationships
  • Make it difficult for them to do things that are age-appropriate
  • Make it difficult for your family to be comfortable

If you are worried about your child’s social and emotional health, it is important to listen to your instincts and act. 

What Parents Can Do

If you are worried about your child’s development, it is important to listen to your instincts and act.  Here is what you can do.

  • Learn about Developmental Milestones. Milestones help you understand what to expect for your child and when to be concerned. Click here to go to Developmental Milestones
  • Complete a developmental screening. Developmental screenings are recommended for all children ages birth to 5 years. Results let you know how your child is developing and if more help is needed. To learn more, click here.
  • Talk to your child’s doctor or teacher for advice and support. You can also call Help Me Grow.Help Me Grow care coordinators will listen to your concerns and provide support, tips and resources. Call 888-510-1211
  • Find local resources. There are many resources available for children who need extra support for their social and emotional development. Click here for mental health services in the Alameda Kids Resource Directory.