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Episode 54: Best of VLM: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health with Lynette De Dios

Today, we are replaying one of our most popular episodes of the Viva la Mami podcast!

The first 5 years of a child’s life are extremely important. Their brain rapidly develops and the foundation for how the child will relate to others, manage and express emotions, and learn is being laid. In addition, a child’s relationship with their caregiver and their environment have the biggest impact on their mental health.

Considering all of this, how can we better understand the needs of our children to ensure that they are up for success in relation to their mental health while battling the cultural expectations that are set for us as Latina mothers?

In this episode, we welcome Lynette De Dios who is the founder of Early Childhood Consulting (ECC). She helps us understand what infant and early childhood mental health is, ways to unlearn and relearn the way we parent when our culture is highly influenced, how we can overcome our childhood traumas, and what types of support Latina moms can receive as they navigate a new identity as mothers.

To read the original blog post, click here.

About Our Guest

Lynette De Dios from Early Childhood Consulting

Lynette De Dios, LCSW, owner and founder of Early Childhood Consulting

Lynette is the founder of Early Childhood Consulting (ECC) and a licensed clinical social worker with almost 15 years of experience working with families in an array of environments including: the classroom, pediatric hospital, and in their home. Lynette understands that a baby’s social and emotional well-being is just as important as their parent’s and values the family’s culture and parent’s expertise as the child’s caretaker.

She founded ECC in 2022 to provide high quality clinical services to young children in the familiarity of their home, in the presence of their special caregiver, and in the family’s preferred language.

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