Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental Health in Schools

The School-Based Mental Health section provides information and resources about how mental health affects the way a child learns and develops and directly impacts a child’s experience at school. This site was designed as a resource for parents and caregivers to help you understand what type of problems your child might be having that can impact their school performance and adjustment, as well as identifying the supports that are available in both the community and at school. We also help parents better navigate the school system if their child has a mental health issue or disability through our frequently asked questions.

To learn more about the Child Health and Development Institute’s work on School-Based Mental Health, click here.

April is World Autism Month

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a general term for disorders of brain development characterized by a range of symptoms. ASD is characterized by many different symptoms, the most common being difficulties with social interaction, difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. The degrees to which a child on the spectrum will experience each difficulty can vary greatly. There are no medical tests to diagnose Autism. Instead, physicians and psychologists administer behavioral evaluations. Treatments can include both behavioral treatments and medicines, with professional teams working closely with the child and their family. Recognizing the early signs of Autism can lead to earlier intervention, resulting in better outcomes. To access resources related to Autism, please click here. You can also visit and search for “Autism” in our resources database.