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Behavioral Change

Serving Children and Families at Risk

We know from experience, children who exhibit significant emotional and behavioral problems are at risk for more serious problems as they enter their teens and young adulthood.

It’s a fact:*

  • 14.5% of the children in our community struggle with some form of emotional or behavioral disorder.
  • 1 in 5 children have a diagnosable mental disorder during any given school year.
  • 1 in 10 children and teens have such severe mental illness that they are functionally impaired.
  • 79% of children and teens with mental illness do not receive appropriate care.
  • Children who do not received appropriate care are at high risk for substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, violence and suicide.

Early Intervention

The good news is, there is hope for children who suffer from emotional or behavioral disorders. Early intervention can identify issues and prevent escalating behaviors. Activities focused on developing skills can help children and families cope with upsetting emotions. As children learn appropriate behaviors, they become better able to handle difficult situations.

A team approach to mental and behavioral healthcare combines parenting support, individualized education, and specialized childcare, giving children the competencies. It starts with evaluation by a licensed mental health care provider.

Evaluation & Diagnosis

Children who experience significant emotional or behavioral problems at home and in school should be evaluated by a licensed mental health service provider to determine if there is an underlying emotional or behavioral disorders such as:

  • anxiety disorders
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome
  • bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness)
  • depression
  • oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

If your child has been diagnosed with an emotional, behavioral or learning disorder, we can help with an individualized education program and specialized care services.

*Source: National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health