We are focusing on mental illness in children. Rather than talk about mental illness from a parent’s perspective, I thought that a repost of Chrisa Hickey’s story of a “Mom who has lived the story with her own child” would be appropriate for this message. I think every parent of a child who has been diagnosed with mental illness should read Chrisa’s story. The rest of us should become familiar with the plight of parents who are enduring issues. Thank you, Chrisa, for sharing your story and perspective.
Today, I was privileged to attend the Stoneleigh Foundation’s Symposium: From Risk to Resiliency. This is an annual event to deal with the issues of violence against children in the City of Philadelphia. Key professionals who deal with some of our children’s and adolescent’s deepest problems were presenting and attending.
May is a month in which we focus on the mental health of children. As one who is involved in the therapeutic educational environment, I see firsthand the effects of mental illness in too many of our children and teenagers. It is time to change this paradigm.
A rise in what is labeled autism has led to increased research regarding treatment options as potential strategies for helping children who are victims to this complex syndrome. Although no conclusive cure exists, helpful strategies exist to overcome some of autism’s cognitive and behavioral consequences.
Not only was April Child Abuse Prevention Month but it was also Autism Awareness Month. Research has indicated that autism has increased substantially in the past few decades. Currently, experts estimate that 3 - 6 children out of every 1,000 will have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Males are four times more likely to have ASD than females.