FB2-D: Don’t Miss the Boat! Building Mental Health Support into Primary Education.
January 13, 2023 2:45pm 4:00pm Salon 3
In addition to learning communication, socialization, hygiene, toilet training and school readiness skills, many children with ASD must also learn to cope with mental health challenges. In a 2020 study, parents reported 44.8% of children with ASD aged 3-5 years had one or more mental health condition. Between ages 12-17 years old, the number increased to 85.9%. Outcomes for adults are poor when we miss the opportunity to address mental health in time. Direct support beginning in early childhood is crucial to stem the growing trend of mental health crisis in youth with ASD. We can’t afford to “miss the boat”.
1. Review the three most prevalent co-occurring mental health diagnoses in children with ASD
2. Explore risk and protective factors that influence mental health in ASD
3. Consider schoolwide strategies to meet students’ mental health and psychosocial needs
4. Discuss ideas teachers and student support staff can use to create an environment that supports all students’ mental health