My hat goes off to parents that advocate for their children to receive treatment.  It is a tedious and often times frustrating and costly endeavor to get children tested and develop wrap around services for their care.

We know that early detection is helpful in cases like autism and learning disabilities, but what about psychiatric illness?  Will it help or hurt our children to “label” them early in life?

It’s crucial to determine the issues of young children early and address them at home and in school. There are several things we can do to help these children learn to regulate emotionally and modify behaviorally their actions to help develop happier and healthier children.  Teachers, along with parents, can learn how to better work with children with mental and emotional challenges.  When teachers know the needs of the children in their classes, they can better teach and build structure that addresses these needs and can improve the child’s performance in school and in life.  As parents, there are techniques that you can use at home to work with kids behavioral and emotional problems and professionals that can support you in these efforts.

In the past, parents were discouraged to get their children tested for fear of being labeled or placed in “special needs” classes and not given the same opportunities as other children.  Times are changing.  Advocating for your child and being involved in their education can help give them more of a chance not only to succeed but also to excel. 

Parents, if you feel that your child is struggling with some tasks or having behavioral and/or emotional problems that you, along with their school, cannot seem to remedy than push for a deeper investigation of their problems and other treatment options.

An article from Psychology Today addressed this issue.  I was also pleasantly encouraged and validated when I was visiting a daycare that described how they coordinate services for their kids that need “other services.”  They bring in therapists during school hours and/or transport them to schools in the area that offer particular services.  My hat goes off to those daycares!  Just more proof that this is an issue that several children deal with and there are treatments aimed at inclusion not exclusion.