CHERISH-trained therapists from Early Supports for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) programs in Washington state act as another member of the team, helping the adults in a child’s life best support navigating transitions from one caregiver to another and encouraging relationships between caregivers and parents.
Providers have degrees and/or training in social work, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and education. Each therapist completes six months of training, then receives ongoing support and technical assistance from Kindering’s training team. (As not all therapists are licensed mental health professionals, there are referral options for needs that are beyond a therapist’s scope of practice or training. In these situations, referrals are made to infant mental health providers in the community.)