ERIC Number: EJ1075149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Common Questions and Answers
Hughes, Mary-alayne; Spence, Christine M.; Ostrosky, Michaelene M.
Young Exceptional Children, v18 n3 p36-51 Sep 2015
As the field of early childhood mental health continues to expand and evolve, the evidence base is growing, and early childhood mental health consultation is viewed as a promising practice. However, there continues to be a need for further research, with particular attention given to the utility and effectiveness of this approach with infants and toddlers and their families. The purpose of this article is to provide information about the evolving field of young children's mental health. A question and answer format is used to clarify some basic concepts and to describe a consultation approach for providing assistance to meet the mental health needs of young children in early care and education settings. In particular, the vignette of a toddler illustrates how this particular consultation process may be utilized to address the social-emotional needs of infants and toddlers in a childcare setting.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Young Children, Mental Health Workers, Clinical Diagnosis, Expertise, Specialists, Behavior Disorders, Early Childhood Education, Consultation Programs, Consultants, Early Intervention, Child Care Centers, Program Implementation, Parent Participation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Cooperative Planning, Teamwork, Preschool Children, Vignettes, Toddlers, Individual Needs, Needs Assessment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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