April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 is World Autism Day. Nearly one in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network (1). ASDs are a group of [...]
Category Archives: Children: Thriving in the Community
Northern Lakes CMH offers deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, and the entire community of Newtown, Connecticut. Such unthinkable tragedies — especially those involving our children —take an immeasurable emotional toll. Our thoughts and prayers are with the parents and citizens of Newtown as they [...]
A group for Crawford and Roscommon County parents with children ages 2-12 years old, demonstrating challenging behaviors, is beginning. It will be Fridays, July 27, August 3, 10, 17 and September 14. (Attendance on all dates is essential). The group will meet from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the COOR Intermediate School District near [...]
Studies on the brain show that physical, emotional, or sexual abuse in childhood can cause permanent damage to the brain, reduce the size of parts of the brain, impact the way a child’s brain copes with daily stress, and can result in enduring problems such as depression, anxiety, aggression, impulsiveness, delinquency, hyperactivity, and substance abuse.
Children exposed to 5+ significant adversities in the first 3 years face a 76% likelihood of having one or more delays in their development. Learn more about childhood trauma’s impact at http://bit.ly/ik4yas and pass it on to observe National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
When to Seek Help
Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behavior. Your observations, along with those of teachers and other caregivers, may lead you to seek help for your child. If you suspect a problem or have questions, consult your pediatrician or contact a [...]
Research in cost-effectiveness on early interventions indicates that providing appropriate and effective mental health services and supports to young children can result in positive long-term outcomes in areas such as educational attainment, delinquency and crime, and earnings.
*Karoly, L.A., Kilburn, M.R., and Cannon, J.S. (2005). Early childhood interventions: Proven results, future promise. Arlington, VA: RAND Corporation.
I was recently asked to attend the Crawford County Commissioners’ meeting with Mary Hubbard and Greg Paffhouse. I was asked to discuss the system of care, etc. I felt very privileged to be asked to speak to this group of people.
As the parent of a child with serious emotional issues, I feel like I am [...]