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.

About Us

The Child Health and Development Institute is a catalyst for improving the health, mental health and early care systems for children in Connecticut. To learn more about CHDI please visit our parent website at

We developed to help parents and caregivers understand more about their child’s mental health issues. The website contains many local and national resources and covers a range of topics on Child Trauma, Mental Health in Schools, Infant Mental Health and Best and Evidence-Based Practices. The website also has training information and resources for Early Care and Education providers as well as for Pediatric providers. Additionally, Pediatric providers can take an online training and they may qualify for CME credits and be directed to participate in a Maintenance of Certification project.


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.