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Reading, Writing and Mental Health Care: Why Schools Need Added Services
SF Gate – 10.12.16
One in five children in the United States has a diagnosable mental health condition, but only 21% of those children needing mental health services receive care. Yet, mental health concerns are often overlooked and under-resourced in many communities and schools, which can be damaging to young people with emotional needs. The article highlights that kids with emotional disturbances drop out of high school at higher rates and have increased rates of absenteeism and suspension or expulsion than their peers. Recently, there has been a push for integrating behavioral health services into the school system. Evidence from existing state programs demonstrates school-based mental health initiatives promote access to necessary mental health supports and encourage earlier identification of and intervention for mental health needs of individual students. Furthermore, these programs foster a more positive school environment with higher attendance rates and academic performance, and less disciplinary action and classroom disruptions. Prioritizing school-based mental health initiatives could ensure all children learn and progress, especially children living in areas of high poverty or witnessing community violence.
Family Stressors and Traumatic Childhood Experiences Linked to ADHD Diagnoses in Children
Science Daily – 10.11.16
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common childhood neurobehavioral disorder. According to a new study published in Academic Pediatric by investigators at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), children who experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), often referred to as family and environmental stressors, are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Nicole M. Brown, lead author of the study, suggests that “If clinicians aren’t routinely discussing exposure to traumatic experiences and identifying ACEs, particularly among children with behavioral concerns such as ADHD, there may be a heightened risk of missing an underlying trauma history or misattributing some of the symptoms of traumatic stress as solely those of ADHD.” Brown notes that the findings demonstrate “significant associations between ACE exposures and having an ADHD diagnosis,” and she encourages pediatric providers evaluate for ACEs more frequently as part of ADHD assessments. Her hope is that “ultimately, this may lead to more trauma-informed approaches to care, particularly for children whose response to stimulant medications or targeted behavioral therapies are poor.”
Trapped Without Hope: The Hidden Mental Health Crisis in Women’s Prisons
Broadly – 10.14.16
Why ‘Staying Together For The Kids’ Does More Harm Than Good
Bustle – 10.13.16
I’m Just Drawn This Way: Teen Finds Gender Identity Through Art
NPR – 10.12.16
THP-Plus & THP-Plus Foster Care Annual Report 2015-16
John Burton Foundation – 10.11.16
Changing the Culture in Child Welfare
The Chronicle of Social Change – 10.11.16
5 Distressing Realities About The State Of Mental Health In America
The Huffington Post – 10.10.16
This Doctor Pioneered A Way to Treat Stress in Children, A Startling Source of Future Disease
The Washington Post – 10.6.16
Undoing The Harm of Childhood Trauma and Adversity
University of California – 10.6.16
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