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May 4th is Child Mental Health Awareness Day

Child Mental Health Awareness Day is an annual event that shines a spotlight on the behavioral health of children, teens and young adults. Child Mental Health Awareness Day 2017, or simply “Awareness Day 2017,” is on May 4, 2017.

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize the importance of communities and families working together to prevent child neglect and abuse. During the month of April, participants will share child abuse and neglect prevention activities and strategies to implement in communities and homes throughout the year. The event also promotes the social and emotional well-being...

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March Is Social Work Appreciation Month: Appreciating the Underappreciated

Social workers perform a vital role in helping those in need access the services and resources they need. They act as advocates for safety among children, youth and families, and become licensed and impromptu counselors or legal assistants. They take on the duties of providing health care in clinical settings, temporary companionship or guardians for at-risk individuals, and secretarial-type...

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16 Ways to Stop Burnout Among Children's Service Providers

Burnout and turnover rates among children’s service providers, including social workers, varies in severity across the United States. However, some areas may experience turnover rates of up to 90 percent, reports the Child Welfare and Information Gateway (CWIG).

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Burnout Drives National Exodus of Child, Youth and Family Service Workers

Providing services to children, youth and families as a social worker or case manager is a rewarding, fulfilling career. However, extenuating, chronic emotional and interpersonal stressors between such workers and those in need of services lends this sector of health and human services a bad stereotype. Children and youth may be the victims of child abuse, and continuing changing of assigned...

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Why Are Children's Mental Health Services Lacking?

Children’s behavioral health is a topic of concern among millions of parents and caregivers in the U.S. Unfortunately, tragedies and political discussions tend to obscure the sorrow and pain afflicting up to 20 percent of children ages 3-17, if not more, reports the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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Ringing Bells, Punishment, and Reinforcement: A Focus on How to Improve Children's Mental Health

For parents, caregivers, and educators, discussing children’s mental health has been a taboo topic for years. Yet, the conversation around the importance of identifying mental health disorders in children has changed recently. Unfortunately, up to 20 percent of children in the US suffer from a mental disorder at a cost of $247 billion annually, reports the Centers for Disease Control and...

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Children With Autism: Prodigies or Developmentally Disabled?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Fifth Edition, reports the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), defines the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Today, approximately 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism, and a recent article in the New York Times, “What Prodigies Could Teach Us About Autism,” has reinvigorated the discussion on...

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Assisting Teachers in Recognizing Children with Autism

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2013, 42 percent of 3-year-olds and 68 percent of 4-year-olds were enrolled in pre-primary programs. Although there is no cure for and the actual cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is unknown, there are treatments available to help children with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that early...

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Autism in Children and Teens: 3 Keys to Understanding Behavior-Related Impact

In the US, 1 in 68 children lives with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the prevalence of ASD appears to have dramatically increased since 2000, when 1 in 150 children received the diagnosis. As a developmental disability, ASD causes “significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges.” While researchers continue to...

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